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Germantown Members Highlight God’s Love in Easter Production
Story by Armina N. McElveen; Photos by Robert Gonzalez
Germantown church members in Philadelphia perform the stage play, The 2nd Adam.
I recently had the pleasure of witnessing Playwright Ina E. Farrell’s emotional, heart-wrenching play The 2nd Adam at Allegheny East Conference’s Germantown church in Philadelphia. The play, which was performed over Easter weekend, was also streamed live over the Internet. As they lowered the lights, I entered the world of The 2nd Adam, which was a modern-day home replete with functional appliances, a city park area, a street light and a pedestrian crossing sign. There was also an area for flashbacks to Eden and the wilderness, the Garden of Gethsemane, Calvary and the resurrection tomb. The beautiful set, designed by local designer Britt Plunket, and decorated by a team of in-house volunteers, led by Andréa Anderson, stage manager, displayed many props and accessories gathered from cast and crew members’ homes. One church member, Elestia Williams, said she felt like she was in her own living room. In addition to the prop family photos visible to the audience from the fireplace, there was an old baseball painting of a young boy on the wall who resembled the lead character Adam, played by Owhens Delva. I found the attention to detail was quite impressive.
The play dealt with issues many Christians face because of the demanding and sometimes harsh, sinful world in which we live. Adam McIntyre, his wife, and two teenage children move in with his parents after losing their home due to his poor choices many of which were a result of Satan’s manipulation. Things for the McIntyres spiral out of control until his parents step in to help.
Throughout the play, there was a cross displayed as a reminder of the price Jesus paid for us. Playing the role of Jesus, Andre Hewitt ably depicted Jesus overcoming temptation in the wilderness, His labor in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, the slow and painful execution on the cross and His glorious resurrection. Paralleling the McIntyres’ lives, Jesus’ scenes were presented in flashbacks and demonstrated how the second Adam succeeded where the first Adam failed. Adam is finally able to grab a hold of the cross and Christ’s sacrifice to begin anew.
Many who attended the Friday and Saturday night shows said the performance was amazing and a blessing. Marion Brown said, “The play was awesome. It was as if Ina Farrell brought Jesus to life.” Christopher Thompson said he and his wife “felt a great desire to cling to the cross. After this performance, we can’t help but ask ourselves, where we stand with our relationship with God. The cast was amazing.”
Bissett Durham, a Chestnut Hill church member, said, “I was moved to tears. I was convinced that I have to have a deeper relationship with God. Thank God for a second chance.”
Germantown’s Pathfinders went door to door distributing flyers and free tickets to the community. From that effort, nearly 60 percent of the attendees on one evening were not Adventists and not Germantown church members. “Theater has a way of reaching folks in ways that are different from other media, and when Christ is the central focus, people aren’t just entertained, lives are changed. That’s what we’re about–being the catalyst for lasting and meaningful change in the lives of others,” Farrell shared.
The entire cast of the 2nd Adam play perform their finale.
Director Ina Farrell is pictured at work before showtime.
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