Sola Lenten Dramas: Will You Betray Me?
Will You Betray Me?
A Five-Part Lenten Drama Series
“Will You Betray Me?” (Luke 22:48)
This was Jesus’ question to Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night he was arrested. In our lives of faith as Jesus’ disciples, it is a question that could be asked of each of us as well.
Meant to be featured as part of a mid-week worship service during the season of Lent, this five-part drama series focuses on “betrayal” as a central theme. Written in a direct and edgy style, the monologues feature biblical characters that (knowingly or unknowingly) contributed to the betrayal and death of Jesus.
1: SIMON, THE UPSTANDING PHARISEE (Themes: responsibility, morality, and self-righteousness)
2: RACHEL, THE CONCERNED MOTHER (Themes: ingratitude, gossip, and the assumption of guilt)
3: SIMON, THE INNOCENT BYSTANDER (Themes: duty, personal distance, and not getting involved)
4: DINAH, THE FORGIVEN ADULTERESS (Themes: scorn, resentment, and suspicion of motives)
5: JUDAS, THE GOOD DISCIPLE (Themes: disappointment, disenchantment, and failure)
Scripture texts are assigned for each of the dramas, along with notes for actors. Discussion questions are included with each, to be used as the basis for a sermonic reflection or mini-Bible Study. Each drama is about 10-12 minutes long. A suggested order of worship is also provided at the back of the booklet.
(40 pages, 5" x 8.5" booklet)
A note about the author: In addition to his service as a Lutheran pastor and writer of Bible studies, the Rev. Steven King has years of theater experience, including acting, directing, writing, and production. He has written a number of biblical dramas for use in church by adults and children, as well as larger works produced for community theater.