Early Days of Godspell

“I went home and realized what I wanted to do with the Gospels: I wanted to make it the simple, joyful message that I felt the first time I read them and recreate the sense of community, which I did not share when I went to that service.”

—John-Michael Tebelak, bookwriter and original director of Godspell

Check out this excerpt from the Godspell creator’s 1975 interview with Dramatics Magazine (you can find the full interview here).  Along with the excerpt are some great links that illustrate not only Godspell‘s origins, but its original production and the addition of “By My Side” in the La Mama production.  Did you know that “By My Side” was originally written for a play called “Marigold and Elkin”?

The Godspell of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction?

For her novel The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood collaborated on the hymns for her post-apocalyptic Christian hippies, God’s Gardeners. I particularly recommend “When Adam First” and “Oh Sing We Now The Holy Weeds” for their reflection of the spirit of Godspell.

While these songs are appropriate for everyone, The Year of the Flood takes on its post-apocalyptic world in complex and often dark ways, and is intended for adults.