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Published:February 6th, 2008 09:59 EST
Atlanta anticipates Passion Play

Atlanta anticipates Passion Play

By SOP newswire

After 32 years, you’d think he might run out of ideas. Not the case, insists John Glover, producer of the Atlanta Passion Play, the annual stage production on the life of Christ presented by First Baptist Church Atlanta. Year after year, fresh content is poured into this musical retelling of Christ’s work and resurrection. Year after year, the script is rewritten to reflect a different approach.

The theme of the 2008 play, for instance, is forgiveness.

“No matter what you’ve done, you can be forgiven,” says Glover, of Atlanta, whose vision launched the play in 1977. “Christ’s blood paid it all. That’s the message of this year’s production.”

The play has certainly evolved since its inception as “The Life of Christ Pageant.” Influenced by the well-known Oberammergau Passion Play held in Germany every 10 years, which the FBA crew had the opportunity to see in 1980, the Atlanta Passion Play’s cast and chorus have grown from 150 to around 250, accompanied by a 55-piece orchestra. More than 800,000 people from all over the country have seen the play over the years (many coming from out of state by the busload).

“This play is presented with tremendous joy and a great sense of responsibility by the people of First Baptist Atlanta,” Glover says. “If one person chooses to accept the Lord Jesus Christ, or one believer strengthens his walk with Him because of having seen the play, we will have achieved our purpose.”

The 2008 production runs at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8; at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 9; at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 14; at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15; and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 16. All performances are at the Atlanta Civic Center.

Tickets are $10-25 and for sale by phone (770-234-8400), in person at the church’s box office (4400 N. Peachtree Road, Atlanta) or online at