Some Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is this a reading from the Bible?

A:  No.  "Prophets and Loss" is a retelling of the Bible story.  All of the characters and events are taken from the Bible (from the books of I & II Samuel) - nothing is added or altered - but the words I use are my spontaneous telling of the story, based on careful research.  There is no "script;" the specific words I use will change from performance to performance.  The story, however, never changes.

Q: What are your sources?

A: Many.  The story of King David as presented in the bible has been studied by scholars for well over a thousand years.  I have studied many different translations and commentaries written by contemporary university professors, 19th century historians, and medieval rabbis.  New layers of the story and its meaning are constantly emerging for me.

Q: Is this specifically a religious program?

A: No.  The program is carefully designed to be accessible and meaningful to people of all faith traditions, as well as to those who are interested in the story primarily as a foundational narrative in the history of western culture. 

Q: Is this program appropriate for children?

A: Definitely not.  I tell an "unexpurgated" version of the Bible story, which includes episodes of violence and sexual situations.  The program is intended for audiences 17 and up.

Q: How long is the program?

A: Approximately 100 minutes.  A short intermission is optional.  A "talkback" session may follow the performance.

Q: What are the technical requirements?

A: Minimal to none, depending on the performance space.  The program is appropriate for large and small theaters, as well as concert halls, lecture rooms, and conference rooms.  There is no scenery or stage dressing.  Sound amplification is not required for audiences of fewer than three hundred.  In larger spaces one basic lighting preset and a lapel microphone are the only requirements.