Steve and Kathy Smith
Portales area residents are afforded an opportunity to add a special emphasis to their Holy Week at 7:30 p.m. today at the First United Methodist Church.
“The Living Last Supper” drama will be presented as a live presentation by men from several different denominations of the community. This drama is done free of cost to the community, and everyone is invited to come experience what might have been on the 12 disciples’ minds that fateful evening in the upper room.
The drama, written by Methodist minister Rev. Ernest K. Emurian, in part depicts Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous painting “The Last Supper.” The painting and this drama tries to draw the viewer into the Passover supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest and crucifixion.
Viewers join the disciples in their thoughts when Jesus has just announced, “This very night, one of you who eats with me will betray me.” Guests to this scene will experience a slight moment of the disciples’ hearts while they contemplate what Jesus could possibly mean by his words and seek to identify who could be the traitor.
This drama has been performed on Maundy Thursday each odd-numbered year at the Methodist church, at 200 S. Ave. C for some 20 years. The directorship has been under others, but for the last several years has lain with Jan Smartnick.
As various men of the community join the cast this year, different portrayals of who each disciple might have been are felt. Whether meek or a zealot, Jesus chose among his 12 personality traits that are common today and with which so many of us can identify. Smartnick states that though she has experienced the drama many times now, “My heart is touched by the portrayals these men have brought to it.”
Greg Jacobs, who plays Jesus, stated that truly he has felt a new insight into Jesus’ last night by being a part of this event.
As Philip of long ago said to Nathanael, “Come and see.”