In September, DIM expects to begin
rehearsals on the fourth and final installment of the "Chi-Rho
Files" series, which made its debut in January of 1999 as
"Investigations of the Unorthodox.
The premise was developed by Mike Brunk
and Greg Wright during a drive back from a Redwood Theatre
rehearsal, and founded on the idea: why couldn't we do
some kind of a Christian sci-fi play? During the conversation, a suggestion
that the plot line and character relationships be modeled somewhat on "The X Files" took
root, and "The Chi-Rho Files"
The visual representation of the Greek
letter "chi" was borrowed in English to represtn the
letter "X," and during the time of the early Christians, it
was superimposed with the Greek letter "rho" as a visual code
to identify the followers of Christ. Chi and rho are the first two letters of
"Christ" in the original Greek
So as the
story line which later developed on a rainy weekend at
Harstene Island, Patty, Daryl, Jenn and Greg fleshed out the
basic concept: that the persection of the early
Christians is happening in a contemporary science-fictional
setting, because Jesus was crucified in 1963! Mike and
Lyla helped flesh out the first script, which met with an
unexpectedly enthusiastic response with audiences.
has now progressed to a fourth script, being written by Greg
Wright based on story ideas developed by the group at a story
conference at the Doubletree Inn in 2000.
script wraps up the story of Perez' and Ana's return to
Philadelphia, and Nico's fate. Watch the website for
more Chi-Rho teasers!
Raymond Jones Nabs Key
Starting August 30 and wrapping on
September 15, long-time DIM associate Raymond Jones can be
seen on stage at the Mountaineers' Forest Theatre in William
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night
cast in the production during rehearsals of Murder in the
Cathedral, and at one point was rushing from all-day
rehearsals in Bremerton to evening rehearsals at
Thanks to his
God-given talent, his hard work, and a untimely illness for
a cast-mate, Raymond was offered the opportunity to give up
the two minor roles he originally played: and step up to his
favored role, Malvolio.
showing up for an open audition for Saint Joan in
1997, Raymond has been one of DIM's most conscientious
performers (and kindliest cast-mates!). After anchoring
the cast of Joan with his performance as Cauchon, he
came back the following year as Cromwell in A Man for All
Seasons, and has since been seen as the Butcher in
The Sign of Jonah and, most recently, the Third
Knight in Murder in the Cathedral.
acting resume is long beyond all telling, but suffice to say
that his output as an actor has been prodigious. And he
is hardly new to Shakespeare as an actor, either, having
appeared as the Duke in Redwood's Measure for
Measure, among other productions.
benefitted greatly from Raymond's experience. Show
support for this wonderful brother by checking out his
peformance with the Mountaineers!
information about the production can be found at: foresttheatre.com!
Greg Wright Delivers
Craig Fraley began his work as Senior
Minister at Normandy Christian Church this August, concluding
the work of
the congregations Search Team.
The last Sunday of July, DIM's founder,
Greg Wright, was given the opportunity to conclude NCC's
interim period by delivering the message at both
services. If you've never heard Greg preach, check out
the July 28 entry of Normandy's sermon library at normandycc.org/normandycc/sermons
Feedback on Our
Audiences may not have been large for
Murder in the Cathedral, but they
were very, very appreciative. After
a shaky first act on opening night, the
cast settled down into a very solid
. The Saturday night performance was particularly
fan and (sleepy) critic Milton Koch gave Murder the
highest ratings yet! And he was not alone. In many
ways, Murder was one of DIM's best productions.
Thanks to all!