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WAS SAMSON THE ORIGINAL HULK?

 

Get the story behind the story as writer / director Rebecca Martin takes us behind the scenes with an insightful look at what inspired her creativity in portraying this superhero of the faith as she wrote "Samson: the Last Judge."

samson hulkI’ve never been a follower of the superheroes – although I have found myself wishing I could soar through the air, climb steep walls, and spin a web over a few people. And I’m certain that I’ve gotten frustrated enough to turn into a green monster.

The Bible says that the Old Testament stories are there for our example (Romans 15:4). If so, surely these were flesh and blood people, exactly like us - people called to overcome their human nature and don the nature of God.

Samson is often portrayed as an example of “who not to be.” If that portrayal is accurate, how did he end up in the list of prestigious heroes of our faith (Hebrews 11)?

When writing the script for “Samson”, I laid aside the comic book notions of Samson and let the Bible speak fresh about this often underrated man of God.

Oddly enough, I learned much from what the Bible DOESN’T say about Samson.

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CHAPTER ONE: WE MET IN COLLEGE

20 years
 
This blog post begins our 20-Year Anniversary Series. Want to know how NarroWay came to be? Who's idea was it to start this world-class, Christian theater? Get a first-hand account from the founders, K. Rebecca Martin and Yvonne "Birdie" Clark, as they tell their story from the very beginning.
 
Rebecca–
We met in college. I was down a week early for sorority rush.
 
Birdie –
I was down a week early for band camp.
 
Rebecca –
Total opposites!
 
Birdie –
My third-floor roommate for the year ended up being Rebecca’s roommate for sorority rush. I was running down the steps with my tenor sax, headed for field practice when I heard: “Oh look! It’s my roomie! Rebecca, this is Birdie!”
 
Rebecca –
There was a reason Birdie wasn’t in sorority rush.
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CHAPTER TWO - WE BECAME COLLEGE ROOMMATES

 

sam clarkSam Clark, R. PH.BIRDIE-

I was a pre-med major in college, but my life was completely wrapped up in music.

My dad is a pharmacist, so I grew up working in our family-owned pharmacy. I had a healthy respect for drugs. As a teen, when someone decided to pop a prescription pill they had taken out of their parents’ medicine cabinet, I would say: “That’s going to slow down your heart rate down and that one will give you diarrhea!”

My future as a doctor was predictable; however, my life was filled with music! My mom started me in piano lessons at age seven. Oh the pain I must have caused Mrs. McCready, my teacher.

I always conveniently “forgot” that I had a piano lesson.

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