The dramatic escape of the Slaves from Egypt, told for the first time from the point of view of the slaves themselves.
Passed Over is the dramatic escape by the Slaves of Egypt, presented here for the first time from the point-of-view of the slaves themselves, the people in the streets. It will be a full-length Broadway-friendly musical, with a fresh Rock-Musical score, vivid characters, a gripping plot, irreverent humor, and an universal message that speaks directly to the issues of today, just as it did to the inhabitants of Ancient Egypt.
What’s New about Passed Over?
From Cecil B. DeMille’s Ten Commandments to Dreamworks’ Prince of Egypt, the story of the Exodus has an impressive track record as entertainment. (Both movies set box office records.) Jews celebrate it every Passover. Christians teach it in Church. Muslims read it in the Koran. African slaves were told the story...by their owners! It is one of the central narratives of our culture.
But until now it has always been told from the top down. God. The Burning Bush. Moses. Pharaoh. Miracles. Plagues. What about the slaves themselves? The people who were “passed over.” How did they live? Who or what did they worship? What were their hopes and dreams for their lives? How did they react when Moses showed up after a long absence, waving his wand and confronting the Pharaoh, determined to rescue them in the name of “God”? This is the story of Passed Over: It’s about love, family, faith oppression, revolution, God, murder, mystery, miracles, and—ultimately—escape to freedom.
The Passed Over Plot
Narrated by a young slave named Reuben, the story revolves around Makot, an underground revolutionary group of slaves who are conspiring to overthrow the Pharaoh. Sending the infant Moses into the Nile to be found and raised by the Pharaoh's daughter is all part of their plan. When the boy grows up, Makot will have one of their own inside Pharaoh’s palace.
The plan works! The Pharaoh’s daughter plucks Moses from the Nile and even calls on Jochebed, his true mother, to nurse him. Years pass. Under the guidance of Jochebed and Miriam, Moses becomes a revolutionary, living right under Pharaoh’s nose.
The time is ripe for Makot to make its move. But just as they are about to launch their uprising, Moses murders an abusive Egyptian task master and has to run for it. Makot’s plans are foiled and in the resulting unrest, Reuben’s father is killed.
Then, Moses reappears decades later, turning water into blood and trying to liberate the Slaves in the name of a God they’ve never heard of. The people are understandably skeptical.
We follow Reuben, his mother Abbie and the other slave-revolutionaries as they try to keep themselves and their movement alive in the face of blood, boils, locusts, lice, frogs, hail, wild and dying animals, darkness and death. In the end, Moses does win his people’s freedom--with the help of God and the revolutionaries--and together they make it out of Egypt. The important theme of Passed Over is that it takes a combination of faith, miracles, and human action to bring about change.
Historical Accuracy...It Could Have Happened
According to historians we have interviewed it is not only plausible but likely that the Hebrew slaves would have risen up against their oppressors. The Bible itself says that Pharaoh ordered the slaying of the male children because he feared the Hebrews would become too numerous and overthrow him or join his enemies. Beyond that, oppressed groups throughout history have always at least attempted to fight back. And many have succeeded. Look at the the Maccabees in Judea, the French Peasantry, the American Patriots, the Abolitionists, Nelson Mandela and the ANC in South Africa, Lech Welesa and Solidarity in Poland, and the modern inhabitants of Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Syria etc.
Why Passed Over Right Now?
Ours is a time of tremendous inequality, misery and injustice. The souls of oppressed people everywhere are stirring and rising up. Look at the Arab Spring, The Occupy Movement, the protests in Russia and all around the world. This story from ancient Egypt, so central to our shared cultural experience, is more relevant than ever and resonates strongly with the “passed over” people of today. It reminds us that working together, each one of us can make a difference. Move, and the waters will part. It is time for this message to be heard again.
Where Your Money Will Go
We are out to raise $40K in 40 days and 40 nights, in order to finance PHASE I: Write the book, music and lyrics of Passed Over and stage four showcase performances in the fall of 2012. We will research, write, compose, arrange, produce, cast, rehearse, record, stage and video-tape four showcases.Your contributions will make all this possible. And it will all be in preparation for Phase II: A full theatrical production next year, in time for Passover.
The way Kickstarter works is that a project only gets funded if it meets its goal. Unless we raise our $40K, no money changes hands. You won't get billed and we won't get financed. So we really need your backing. (Donating is easy and painless. Just click the button at the top of the page and Amazon takes care of the rest--just like ordering a book!)
Please check out the nifty rewards we’re offering our supporters and find a level of donation that is comfortable for you. Any amount will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
No way! This story is a pillar of the Judeo/Christian/Islamic world, and forms the backbone for African-American Gospel, Blues, Anglo Country, Folk & Rock, and general social justice movements like the Civil Rights movement. It's at the heart of our culture, and is the culture of our hearts.
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