What is a Christian worldview? Just think of seeing the world through God's eyes; a world where we use our free will to make the right and best choices. Christian Creative Media tells stories from the most God-like perspective we can -- on stage, the page, and screen -- guided by Holy Scripture and His perfect love.
Viable is our current project for the live stage. In 75 minutes, with three actors and two chairs, an unforgettable tale will unfold before you; a tale of heartbreak, grieving, sorrow, and shame. As only God can, He restores the wages of heartbreak, grieving, sorrow, and shame through grace, unmitigated mercy, and forgiveness. He puts condemnation aside in favor of comfort and compassion for a woman who has lost her child to abortion and paid a terrible emotional price.
The Viable storyline captures an unforgettable confrontation as an aborted child visits her mother nearly 30 years later. The mother has carried guilt and grief for all that time, trying all the while to protect her emotional stability by professing the mantras that abortion providers originally used to comfort her. Despite her best efforts, the mother has always secretly questioned the pro-abortion stance she clung to so desperately to justify her decision.
Forgiven and restored, the mother vows to share both her long-held secret and her newly-found spiritual freedom with her living daughter who is considering an abortion. As highly controversial and electrically charged a social issue as abortion is, Viable follows a journey of forgiveness, renewal, and hope through the eyes of one woman who carried a burden of despair.
Viable is not about the politics of abortion, legality of abortion, or even the constitutionality of abortion. Viable presents the truth about Christ's love, healing, and redemption. This dramatic presentation is one way we minister to the nation and the world to educate audiences about life events through the lens of a Christian worldview.
Viable is produced in association with ChristianCreativeMedia.org. To request a performance of Viable for your church or organization, to license your own production, if you simply want more information about the play, or to help support future productions, visit viableplay.org or contact info@ChristianCreativeMedia.org. Your feedback on this production is greatly appreciated. Psalm 139:13-16. Jeremiah 1:5.
Viable is copyrighted, trademarked, and protected by the Dramatist Guild.
Viable is premiering on Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29, at The First Presbyterian Church of Greenville (Downtown), 200 West Washington Street, Greenville, SC 29601 864.235.0496 Use the portico entrance off of Richardson Street to reach Harper Chapel. Curtain time is 7:00 PM on both nights in the Harper Chapel. A reception and display of healing art in sculpture and painting will begin at 6:00 PM prior to the play.
Viable will also be performed on July 5, 2019 at the National Right to Life Convention in Charleston, SC. For more information, contact nrlconvention.com.
Viable will be featured at South Carolina Citizens For Life Annual Banquet, January 2020. For more information, contact sclife.org.
Viable will once again open the 2020 National Right To Life Convention in Washington D.C. on June 25th, 2020. For more information, contact nrlconvention.com.
Original South Carolina Viable Cast
Judy: Gisele Gathings
Gisele Gathings is a multi-talented, multi-media personality. She has performed as an actress, featured vocalist, talk show host, news anchor, and media personality on television, radio, and film as well as the stage. Toyota and Fiat are only a few of her commercial appearances. Gisele's featured vocal performances include Kylie Odetta, SpeakEasy Jazz, Lakia Club, Razz Ma Jazz Band, Grady Hodges Group, and many others throughout the Southeast, Los Angeles, and in Tuscany, Italy. She has appeared in a wide variety of productions at Greenville Little Theater, Center Stage, South Carolina Children's Theater, and Gunther Theater at The Peace Center. Gisele has performed principal roles in productions such as Mac’s Diner, Ghost the Musical, Intimate Apparel, A Month of Sundays, Memories of the Game, Jesus Christ Superstar, Christmas Wish, Cinderella, Purlie, and Working. The pre-show music is performed by Gisele. Click Here
Young Woman: Kimberly Jackson
Kimberly Jackson feels blessed to be a part of Viable. Her past roles include: Dreamgirls (Stepp Sister/Les Styles/Ensemble) at Greenville's Centre Stage, Ragtime (Person of Harlem/Haitian Immigrant/Ensemble), Hairspray (Harriet/Beatnick/Ensemble), and Miracle of 34th Street (Dutch Girl’s Mother) at Greenville Little Theater. Kimberly has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Theatre. She writes: First, I’d like to thank God for presenting me with an opportunity to use my skills and talents to give him all the honor, the glory, and the praise. Second, thanks to my Mom, Donna Jackson, my biggest supporter (ISGYM), and my other family and friends who continue to support me. Third, I thank God to be a part of this journey, and this amazing cast and crew. 1 Corinthians 10:31; Proverbs16:3; Colossians3:23-24.
George: Chan Graham
Over the years, Chan has become a familiar face onstage at Centre Stage and the Greenville Little Theater. As an avid supporter of Life, Chan is proud to be on stage again for this special workshop performance of Viable. You may recognize him from his past Centre Stage performances such as Tim from Noises Off!, Kenny in Fuddy Meers, a multi-character performer in Gross Indecency, and a singer in 1957 Diva Heaven (he received praise for his Big Bopper song "Chantilly Lace"). His performances at Greenville Little Theater included Professor in South Pacific and The Undertaker's Man in A Christmas Carol.
Production Stage Manager: Kaylee Thompson Willey
Kaylee Willey has been a part of a few touring productions as a Stage Manager and actor, but is always glad to be a part of a project that echoes all she believes. She graduated from North Greenville University with a degree in Theatre Performance. Kaylee spends her time switching between acting, teaching, storytelling, and stage managing with credits ranging from stage, screen, churches, and the classroom. She has been a part of shows such as, Much Ado About Nothing (Beatrice), Ghosts of Rock! (Stage Managing), The Prodigal Pirate (Storytelling), Rivals (Lydia Languish), Shadowlands (Stage Manager), Disappeared (Katie) and many others. She is most at peace when she is using her gifts as an artist to teach children to love the arts and, most importantly, love the Lord.
Writer / Producer / Director
John is a former writer/producer of live shows for Disney and Divisional General Manager/Executive Producer for electronic publishing at McGraw-Hill. He has written/produced/directed live and televised performances by Mohammad Ali, Pearl Bailey, Glenn Campbell, Richard Carpenter, Dick Clark, Roy Clark, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Vicki Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Fred MacMurray, Robert Redford, Jimmy Stewart, and dozens more. He started with Broadway tours of Company, Fiddler, Follies, and Zorba. John now coaches chief executives around the world in all industries including ABC/Disney/ESPN, NBC, and HBO. He is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen leadership and psychology books for Amacom, Career Press, HarperCollins, McGraw-Hill, St. Martin's Press, Sage, and Wiley. Dr. Hoover has lectured on leadership coaching at Columbia, NYU, Vanderbilt, and Yale. John is still an executive coach and coaching supervisor. But, he has now dedicated his creative talents to glorifying God and advancing His Kingdom through stage, screen, and Christian books. ChristianCreativeMedia.org.
Please join us in spreading this unique, jubilant experience that informs and educates about how powerfully the love of Christ can transform lives. Christian Creative Media produces and licenses Christian productions in churches, theaters, universities, and conferences. You can license your own production of Viable, engage Dr. Hoover as a visiting director, or bring a professional Viable cast to your church or organization just by contacting us.
Christian Creative Media is a 501(c)3 organization and all donations are tax deductible. Thanks in advance for your prayerful support. The donatebutton is below. We look forward to meeting you at one of our performances.
"Absolutely beautiful! Deeply moving and wonderfully played out."
"Thank you for bringing to life the reality of the grief and regret of the post-abortive woman."
"Please express my grateful thanks and deep appreciation to John and the cast of Viable for an excellent performance of Viable. It was an outstanding event which demonstrated that a great deal of preparation, rehearsal, and prayer had been invested in this event. More importantly, however, it handled a controversial and sensitive issue with grace, doing so through a cast, who were so gifted, the audience found them to be believable and accessible each time a new level of emotional interaction was reached. Please, thank everyone involved and I look forward to hearing great reports from tonight’s performance." - Dr. Richard Gibbons, Senior Pastor, First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, SC
"Everybody needs to see this play!"
"This was amazing. I felt a super part of it. The acting was profound. This play will change hearts."
"I came in not expecting much. But, I found myself laughing and crying. The performance completely captured my heart. Easily as good as anything I have seen anywhere."