Publication of the Play “Dust”

Date: January 4, 2024

A key part of our Historic Bicentenary preparations was the commissioning of a play called Dust by the international award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Non Vaughan-O’Hagan. It was performed to full houses over the course of a week in October 2022.

Telling a story about the past that includes both sin and grace, flaws and faithfulness is hard. Plays can handle complexity. Different voices can be heard. Situations are captured with their many layers. A play became the perfect vehicle to handle the story of Virginia Theological Seminary. Dust was an extraordinary and passionate achievement, with exceptional research conveyed with humor and insight.

The play is now available to buy on Amazon here. Other institutions will have the comparable challenge of telling their story. I commend the exercise of commissioning a play. It is a powerful way to hear a complex narrative.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary

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