The Act and the Image
Other Plays by George A. Scranton
Scranton, George A. (American playwright, actor, director, editor of The Journal of Religion and Theatre, 19__-____), "The Act and the Image,"
an absurdist tragi-comedy set is on a precipice overlooking the local garbage dump/ash heap outside a city, any/all/no time in particular (now . . . and 4,000 years ago . . . and 2,000 years ago),
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"[It] may be . . . . 'The Act and the Image' is both a modern image/action and an ancient 'act'ion, which is itself a reflection of yet another action. It alternates between Joe and Job, between informal prose and formal poetry, in a series of rounds (as in a wrestling match, or formal debate). Each 'round' of this modern/ancient struggle is started and finished by the external sound of a fight bell. The overall cyclical structure of this play is a literary/dramatic rondo or aria da capo which changes with every return to the beginning. This play delves into the problem of guiltless suffering. It attempts to show Joe's/Job's view of the situation (which seems absurd to him) and symbolically to combine this with God's involvement in that absurdity. 'The Act and the Image' has won two national playwriting awards for religious theatre."
Not to be confused with Rachmael Ben Avram's The Act and the Image: Including Our Town, by Thornton Wilder [American playwright, 1897-1975], and Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare [English playwright, 1564-1616] (New York, Odyssey Press ), LCCN 68-27685 r86.
"The Journal of Religion and Theatre is a peer-reviewed journal. The journal aims to provide descriptive and analytical articles examining the spirituality of world cultures in all disciplines of the theatre, performance studies in sacred rituals of all cultures, themes of transcendence in text, on stage, in theatre history, the analysis of dramatic literature, and other topics relating to the relationship between religion and theatre. The journal also aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge throughout the theatrical community concerning the relationship between theatre and religion and as an academic research resource for the benefit of all interested scholars and artists."The Journal of Religion and Theatre, Vol. 4, No. 1, Summer 2005, http://www.rtjournal.org/vol_4/no_1_index.html, accessed February 12, 2008.
George A. Scranton, Professor of Theatre; B.A., Seattle Pacific College, 1968; M.A., 1971; M.A., University of Washington, 1975; Ph.D., The Graduate Theological Union, 1994. At SPU since 1970.
"George A. Scranton graduated from Briercrest Bible Institute with a Pastor's major before transferring to Seattle Pacific College where he completed a bachelor of arts degree with a double major in speech (with a drama emphasis) and religion, and a master of arts in Biblical Literature. He also holds a master of arts degree in theatre history and criticism from the University of Washington and completed his Ph.D. in Theology and Theatre at The Graduate Theological Union and Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California. Dr. Scranton has taken stage movement training at Webster University's American Movement Institute in St. Louis, Missouri, and at the Paddy Crean International Stage Combat Workshop in Edinburgh, Scotland. Of the dozen plays he has written and/or adapted, three received National Awards by the Christians in Theatre Arts Guild. Another was selected as one of seven national winners in a contest co-sponsored by American Theatre Association's (ATA) Religion and Theatre Forum Group and Anchorage Press, for inclusion in Wrestling With God: New Plays with Jewish or Christian Themes. His latest full-length play Ring-a-Ring of Roses won the Association for Theatre in Higher Education's (ATHE) Religion and Theatre annual playwriting contest. Dr. Scranton directed and toured with Seattle Pacific University's 'Chancel Players' for 20 years, and wrote many of their performance scripts. His academic and professional acting credits include performing in more than 30 plays. His directing credits include more than 80 plays in both educational and professional venues, including Taproot Theatre Company, in Seattle, Washington, Acacia Theatre Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and TOV in Manhattan Kansas. Dr. Scranton joined the SPU faculty in 1970 and is a Professor of Theatre. He is Ordained to Specialized Ministry in the Evangelical Covenant Church."SPU TRE Faculty, http://www.spu.edu/depts/fpa/theatre/tre_faculty_page.asp, accessed February 12, 2008.
God, guiltless suffering, Job (of the land of Uz), Old Testament, round.