Sketches bring modern twist to ancient text
By Mags Storey | Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Rebecca Davey in KJV: The Bible Show. Photo courtesy KJV: The Bible Show.
TORONTO, ONThe Arts Engine is touring a funny and honest play about how a 400 year old translation of the Bible shapes the church today.
KJV: The Bible Show premiered last year in The Word Festival and is planning a cross-Canada tour in 2012. It was created by actors Ins Choi, Rebecca Davey, Kris Van Soellen and Arthur Wachnik.
"The creative process was a blast," Wachnik says. "We met together almost daily for about three of four weeks piecing things together. We put all the ideas up on sticky notes on the wall and then when we had enough of them we would shuffle them around and create an order that made sense."
The collection of skits, songs and monologues looks at our relationship to the Bible, the history of the King James version and how it is changing the world todayincluding some of the controversies of how the Bible has been used and applied.
Wachnik says, "I think this play resonates with a lot of people because it is brutally honest about many things we are afraid to talk about in church. Things that need to be said.
"Also, I think that in general people have no idea of just how hugely important the KJV has been. There are ways it affects us that most people are probably not even aware of."
Find more information about KJV: The Bible Show on their Facebook page.