Joe Jaynes

Joe Jaynes


Keeping Promises – Special Playback Event for 9/11

Featured | on August, 18, 2017 | by | 1 Comments

KEEPING PROMISES An evening to remember the day we promised never to forget. The WordPlayers’ Playback Troupe invites you to join us on: September 11, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for an evening of sharing stories Let’s learn from one another to ensure we hold true to our promise of never forgetting what happened that fateful […]

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Little Women revisited

Featured, MainStage Wing | on June, 19, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

by Melanie Leach “I like good strong words that mean something” – Jo March, Little Women This is the cover of the copy of Little Women I read as a girl. I loved this story and read it multiple times. Imagine my horror when I got it back out as an adult to read it […]

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The Magic in Faith and Doubt

Featured, Touring Wing | on June, 08, 2017 | by | 1 Comments

By Ian Paul Messersmith The “Fantastic Comedy” entitled Magic, by G. K. Chesterton, is a masterful piece of literature in which each character is a clear representation of the societal issues surrounding faith and doubt. A young priest struggling with his beliefs. An aging doctor attempting to examine life through a scientific lens. A young woman […]

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Featured, Touring Wing | on January, 26, 2017 | by | 0 Comments

By Melody Watts A statement of “We need a stage manager” was followed by a request for me to step into this role for the past WordPlayers’ Advent show, West of Bethlehem. Apprehension lurked in my mind. Some of my past experiences as a stage manager were met with much hostility from actors in denial that […]

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Reflection on Black History Show Tour

Featured, Touring Wing | on March, 11, 2015 | by | 0 Comments

By Ethan Norman Perhaps the two things that stick out to me most about Walk, Don’t Ride! and the process of learning, enacting, and teaching this small part of the civil rights movement, are the importance of forgiveness, and our individual responsibility. Forgiveness has proven to be a vital foundation for change. We see in […]

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Come See a New Original Work: Never Too Late

Featured, Touring Wing | on February, 21, 2015 | by | 1 Comments

The WordPlayers invites you to an OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL of Never Too Late Wednesday, March 4, Erin Presbyterian – Sanctuary, 6:30 pm. FREE (donations appreciated) The WordPlayers’ original production “Never Too Late” captures characters from the Gospel accounts in the wake of their life changing interactions with Jesus. With an inspiring mix of humor, drama, […]

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Thoughts from the cast and director on “Freud’s Last Session”

Featured, Touring Wing | on November, 01, 2013 | by | 1 Comments

In reading the role of C.S. Lewis, I get to say (and wrestle with) lines like: “If you had gone up to Buddha and asked him, ‘Are you the son of Brahma?’ he would have said, ‘You are in a vale of illusion.’ If you asked Mohammad, ‘Are you Allah?’ he would have thought you […]

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Reflections on DOUBT

Featured, MainStage Wing | on October, 24, 2013 | by | 1 Comments

Working on DOUBT with Lar’Juanette, Rollin, Rachael, Matthew and Bill has been an incredibly rich experience. The play is challenging. It has caused me to question many things, not the least of which is the nature of teaching and the value of imposed standards. My grandfather – great-grandfather, actually – Dr. Philander Priestly Claxton, started […]

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A Playwright’s Reflections (by Gayle Greene)

MainStage Wing | on September, 06, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

When I was asked to write a blog about how I wrote A Christian Memory for The WordPlayers, one of my first thoughts was to say I can’t take credit for writing this myself. On the other hand, do I dare to be presumptuous enough to say that I feel God wrote this through me? […]

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Unfinished Business of the Committee

Featured, MainStage Wing | on March, 21, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Unfinished Business of the Committee by Gabe Potter By curtain fall, The God Committee wrapped up a lot of disparate storylines very nicely. If only it had left me with the same sense of resolution. Instead, it opened up all manner of disturbing questions: How dare I judge another human being based on my feeble understanding […]

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