Open Wardrobes: The Theater and Writing of T. James Belich
Twilight of the King
by T. James Belich

Genre: Comedy
Length: 35 minutes
Total Cast: 6 (1 woman, 1 man, 4 men or women)
Set: Minimal
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Just another night in Bethlehem? So think two Roman guards stationed there on the night of Christ's birth.  Bored with their mundane existence, the guards thirst for excitement, and are astonished when their wish appears to be granted with the arrival of three astrologers from the east.  Suddenly the guards are embroiled in mysterious prophecies of a new king, born under a strange star, as the astrologers foreshadow the bloody role the guards are about to play in the service of an enraged king.

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Production History

Twilight of the King was first performed by Twilight Productions in the Twin Cities, Minnesota on November 5th and 6th, 1999.  It was directed by Grant Spickelmier with the following cast:

MAGI AGrant Spickelmier
MAGI BJerry Barnaby
MAGI CKathryn Wehr
GUARD 1Randall Miller
GUARD 2Jim Belich
THE MESSENGER    Timothy Chase

Twilight of the King was also performed by Daystar University at the Kenya National Theatre in Kenya, Africa on November 24th and 25th, 2001.  It was directed by Julisa Rowe with the following cast:

MAGI ADidier Dikaniakina
MAGI BNicholas Machlan
MAGI CChristine Mueni
GUARD 1Edwin Kibuthu
GUARD 2Yafesi Nsubuga
THE MESSENGER    Peter Macharia

Twilight of the King was also performed by Peace Tabernacle Church in Mesquite, Texas on December 15th and 16th, 2001.  It was directed by Jason Burden.  (Cast information not available.)

Twilight of the King was also performed by the Mount Maunganui Baptist Church in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand on December 16th, 17th and 18th, 2005.  It was directed by Christopher Haines with the following cast:

MAGI AChristopher Haines
MAGI BBrian Morton
MAGI CCourtney Haines
GUARD 1Amelia Carson
GUARD 2David Morton
THE MESSENGER    Mathew Jordan

Twilight of the King was also performed by South Columbia Baptist Church, Columbia, Maryland on December 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2006.  It was directed by Russell Wooldridge.