THE CROSS AND THE VACANT TOMB
IN QUEST OF THE KING OF KINGS
THE FORERUNNER TO THE KING OF KINGS
THREE PLAYS BY
Dr. Solomon Gunapalan brings well-known Biblical stories to life in a straightforward, but passionate way. Dr. Gunapalan does not go off on complicated philosophical tangents as some playwrights of the traditional Bible stories have a tendency to do. That is not to say that there is no value in that, because it is good to be ‘stretched’ from time to time. However, I enjoyed the non-apologetic, strictly biblical approach that Dr. Gunapalan chose to take.
In some other simplistic renditions of Bible stories, maybe because people are accustomed to the material, dialogue comes out at the audience disjointed or robotic. In contrast to this, Dr. Gunapalan's characters are realistic, coming across in a human way and the dialogue is reflective of the upright, respectful, polite, cultured ‘voice’ of the author. The simplicity, genuine humanness and lack of need to expand on the original scriptures is what I feel gives these plays their value. Thus the plays allow the audience to enjoy these Bible truths in a fresh, life-giving way.
The plays can be used in churches to remind us of the biblical stories in a way that will touch us once again. Even more so, they lend themselves to being used to portray this biblical knowledge in missions work where, perhaps, the audience will have had no previous familiarity with the scriptures. The plays can be performed by mature young people, adults, even by students learning English as a second language.
Marion Duncan M. Ed., M. Div.
Before coming to Canada, Dr. Solomon G. Gunapalan was Deputy Director, Naval Medical Services, Sri Lanka, retiring with the rank of Surgical Commander. He is a holder of the Long Service Medal from the Sri Lankan Navy and also is a Bronze Medallist of The Sri Lanka Life Saving Association. As playwright, Solomon Gunapalan holds a Master's degree in Divinity from Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia and a Diploma in Christian Studies from Serampore University College, Serampore, India.
The Cross and The Vacant Tomb, A Play in Five Acts. Solomon Gunapalan, 72 pp. Lugus Publications: Toronto, 2010
In Quest of The King of Kings, Solomon Gunapalan, 50pp. Lugus Publications: Toronto, 2010
The Forerunner to The King of Kings, Solomon Gunapalan, 54pp. Lugus Publications: Toronto, 2011
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