Joe Jaynes

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Welcomed

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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The Blog Committee

Featured, MainStage Wing | on March, 15, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

Reflections on The God Committee Father Dunbar has continually evolved in my mind since the first time I read the play. Like most performers, I mentally catalogued much of my character and thought I knew who he was and where he was going. Then as rehearsals began, Father Dunbar began to vacillate between his “attorney” role, […]

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GODLY THOUGHTS … BY “COMMITTEE”

Featured, MainStage Wing | on March, 01, 2013 | by | 0 Comments

GODLY THOUGHTS … BY “COMMITTEE” By Jack Wicker “I see God…..sometimes in the places I least expect,” to quote my character, Father Charles Dunbar, in THE GOD COMMITTEE. I am privileged to see Him many times during a week of rehearsals. I am filled with awe and reverence when seeing our cast transcend the stage […]

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A Director’s Reflections on “Lift Every Voice”

Touring Wing | on February, 01, 2013 | by | 1 Comments

A Director’s Reflections on “Lift Every Voice” by Tracey Copeland Halter It is 2013 and we have a Black president. When I looked at the history of this country through the eyes of the characters portrayed in Lift Every Voice, I realized it is the people of the Harlem Renaissance who helped to bring us where […]

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