DAVID: the Giant-Killing, Song- Singing Chosen King will receive its world premiere on afO’s stage in the ArtsLab theater at 300 E. Main Street, from February 16 through 25, 2018. Here are some thoughts from playwright/composer/actor Sam Ward on this dynamic one-man show, a combination of theatrical story-telling and high-powered rock concert:
by Sam Ward
March 10, 2017. The stage and the audience were both small. 60-70 people had gathered for a fundraising event. all for One‘s artistic director introduced the show there was applause as I walked onstage to begin a 30-minute preview of my original one-man musical, DAVID. I was a little nervous, but I was prepared and felt called to share this story.
It’s the story of a man who is known both as a singer/songwriter, and as a warrior and king. It’s the story of a man who was known for his pure heart, and yet committed terrible sin against Uriah, Bathsheba and others. But mostly, it’s a story of a powerful God and the man who tried to express his love for God in song.
As we move toward a polished production–with five “mighty men” musicians accompanying me–I wanted to share some photos from that first preview performance last year, along with a synopsis of the first half of the show:
The Philistine champion, Goliath of Gath, steps out from the frontlines and issues his challenge, “Give me a man and let us fight it out together!”
Saul discovers that Michal, his daughter, is in love with David. Thinking the Philistines will get rid of David for him, Saul challenges David to kill 100 Philistines to get Michal as his wife. David does it and Saul gives his daughter, Michal, to David in marriage…
David escapes and sings to God. “Deliver me from my enemies, O God / Protect me from those who rise up against me…”
David is recognized by the Philistines. Afraid for his life, David pretends to be insane. When he escapes he sings his thanks to God, “In God, whose Word I praise / In God I trust, I will not be afraid / What can mortal man do to me?”
This is just the beginning of David’s life and only the first 30 minutes of a show which is now about 80 minutes long. I’m excited to present these characters, these songs and THIS STORY, because I think it will help all of us see a man who was flawed, but who loved the Lord with his whole heart.