Excerpt from Children of Israel: A Play in Three Acts
Religious Drama is quickening the Spiritual life Of communi ties to-day as it did in the early days of the Church. The revival Of this form of drama at the close of the World War was sug gested by the Drama League of America as a means of carrying over into everyday life the awakened conscience of the people. A Religious Drama Committee was called by the League to dis cuss the subject in the broadest use of the term, the aim being, to secure plays of Biblical and ethical value, plays capable of stimulating high ideals. As the supply of such material was inadequate the League held a religious drama prize competition to secure worth while plays, and to arouse interest in the subject. The result was satisfactory and valuable material was gained. Selected plays from this competition are to appear in a Drama League Series, Children Of Israel, the title of this volume, being one of the series.
Churches eagerly adopted the League's idea of utilizing drama in church work, realizing that the Church alone does not Offer the balanced recreation that people crave, and that the art of the drama appealing to the triple nature of man is Of inestimable value in supplying this need. The movement has grown so rap idly that it will be necessary to correlate the work of the Drama League, various churches and organizations working in the field of religious drama, that effort may not be duplicated and that the high ideals for which the League stands may be maintained.
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