A group from the Word Players will read the New Testament from 8 a.m. to midnight New Year’s Eve—how many hours will you be reading?
I’m not really sure. I’ll be there all day, taking turns reading from Matthew, Acts, and Revelations and just filling in wherever needed. We’re playing it by ear, because we’ve never done this before. We think we will be able to get through the whole New Testament.
Are there chapters people are vying to read—does everyone want John 3:16?
I don’t really know. I know I was one of the first people Terry (Weber, Word Players Artistic Director) asked—he wanted to know what my wife Terri and I thought about the idea. I said, “Sounds great, I want to read the Sermon on the Mount,” and he said okay.
You’re an actor, so will you do different voices for each character in your passages?
I don’t know. Probably not. I think the idea is that it will be more of a professional reading for people. Sometimes at church, people read the Bible aloud in a monotone. Being experienced actors, we hope to put more life into it. And if you read the different characters in different voices, you run the risk of it coming out semi-comical. For the Sermon on the Mount, it’s all Jesus. I will read that the way I think Jesus would have said it.
Are there parts you’d rather not be the one to read?
The first chapter of Matthew is a lot of begats, I could avoid that. But even that has its own nerdy interest value. Really, even those parts and the parts I’m not as familiar with, I’m looking forward to hearing and reading. It’s the Bible, it’s the word of God, it’s going to be good.
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