A 2001 Battery Creek High School graduate hopes his play will bring people closer to Christ.
Herbert Goodwin Jr. has written and produced a modern-day version of the Biblical story of Job. "The Job Experience: My Life is Not Over" will be presented Sept. 20 at the Savannah Civic Center and will star Derrick Mitchell, Kenyatta Thompson, Gary "Lil G" Jenkins of the R&B group Silk, and gospel recording artist Mildred Daniels.
A Savannah resident, Goodwin is the CEO of Razor Sharp Records South, which produces positive media to motivate young people to stay out of trouble and follow their dreams. He is studying theater at Savannah State University.
"I think I've gone through several Job experiences in my life," Goodwin said. "I feel like I've been directed by God to do (this play). ... I think people need to hear his story, especially young people. The kids need to know you can reach for a goal of being wealthy and successful, but nothing lasts forever."
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The Bible says Job was "blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil." In the Bible, Satan told God that Job was only a good man because he was so blessed and if things started to not go his way, he would curse the Lord. So God allowed Satan to take away all of Job's blessings to test him.
After losing his livestock, servants and children, Job still loved God and did not blame him for anything.
Job 1:20-22 says, "At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said, 'Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.' "
Goodwin's version of the story begins with Mary, the modern-day version of Job's wife, telling her grandchildren the story of their grandfather.
In this version, Job is a successful businessman who everyone loves. He has a great family -- a son and three daughters. His oldest daughter is about to be married. Everything is going well, and then suddenly things go downhill just as they did in the Bible story.
"It's a phenomenal story," Goodwin said. "I tried to keep it in line with all Biblical principles."
Goodwin will eventually take his show on the road. He has started writing another play â€" this one also about people from the Bible. It will be about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the three brothers who believed in following God's commandments. He would also like to write a Broadway musical about Jesus' birth.
"I want (The Job Experience) to touch their hearts and their minds to make them re-evaluate some things in their lives," Goodwin said. "I feel they will be able to relate to each character in a way ... to give them something to reflect upon and to think."
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