Great Minds at the Round Table
The Cast: 5
The Set: Simple one set, very flexible
Approximate Length: 2 acts, 120 min.
History’s Quotable Notables Meet
Great Minds at the Round Table by Wayne R. Scott
Synopsis of Issues and Themes
“Great Minds at the Round Table” is a lively dramatic debate featuring selected great thinkers of history who discuss a whirlwind of ideas ranging from evolution to revolution. Host Wayne Scott is joined by Socrates (470-399 B.C.), Martin Luther (1483-1546), Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Florence Nightingale (1820-1910), Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), Charles Darwin (1809-1882), and Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) as each relate their fascinating stories and explosive opinions through crackling dialogue and thought-provoking debate.
We discover one of the characters was struck by lightning. Another conducted random interviews with beggars and was executed, despite repeated offers to escape. Another sat and stared for days at Michelangelo’s statue of Moses. Still another chose to spend more than fifty years locked in a room – yet died a beloved world hero! One of these characters coined the “good to the last drop” motto of Maxwell House coffee. Another pursued and then rejected a career in ministry. Yet another was regarded as such a nuisance, he was nicknamed “the wrangler.” Who was who? You’ll discover many surprising revelations as you meet “Great Minds at the Round Table.”
As the quotable notables grapple with the general theme of “duty – a commitment to doing the right things in life,” the audience is drawn into the pursuit of many related topics. The characters are depicted with historical accuracy, each vulnerable and candid about their lives, personal struggles, strengths, and weaknesses.
Topical references to contemporary issues and humorous quips punctuate the debate as audience members are personally challenged by the characters to confront the problems of life in a spiritual context.
Some of the subjects raised include:
–The importance of asking questions about life
–The pursuit of Truth
–Explanations of man’s origin
–The existence of God
–The merits of “religion”
–Basic claims and tenets of the Christian faith
–The “God as Father” vs. “God as Judge” tension
–“Faith,” “Grace,” “Works” issues
–Dogma vs. Reason
–Sin and guilt
–Ritualism, social convention, and tradition
–The origin of morality, laws, and ethics
–Prejudice, intolerance, and sexism
–Faith vs. Science
The subjects are carefully treated and woven through the dialogue, with a variety of perspectives given balanced consideration. There are twists and turns, an avoidance of “pat answers,” and unexpected alliances and skirmishes during the fast-paced encounter. The non-Christian is subtly encouraged to shed biases and re-open his mind to the claims of Christ. The Christian will find encouragement in the fresh, creative treatment of apologetics that serve to reinforce the foundations of Christian faith.