2020 Season Cancelled
Please join us for our 2021 season June 18 through October 2, 2021
46 Years of Faith – The Living Word is Ohio’s ONLY Outdoor Passion Play, a nondenominational outdoor theater depicting the moving and powerful life and ministry of Christ. Presenting “the greatest story ever told” on a spectacular 400-foot panoramic set, you will witness His last days from the Sermon on the Mount to His Ascension.
How we began
At the height of the Civil Rights era, Reverend Harvey was asked to present his play, “Behold the Man,” (the original title) at the Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, Ga., and was sponsored by the Council of Churches of the Atlanta metropolitan area. Always seeing the value of his fellow man, Frank chose an African-American, Reverend William Holmes Borders of the Wheat Street Baptist Church, to portray Jesus in his drama. Utilizing an interracial and interdenominational cast and a choir from the area in what he thought and hoped would help ease the unrest in the country, his drama was presented to an audience of over 48,000 in one night. Casting Reverend Borders, who was an important mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr., and the performance were dubbed “the miracle that saved Atlanta” by Ebony magazine and area newspapers, due to the message that transcended all racial and religious boundaries.
“The event provided the tense Atlanta community with a welcome opportunity for an interracial effort. Also, on a purely psychological level, the sight of a black man depicting Christ may have provided for the integrated audience a needed insight into the nature of their religion—its universality, its ultimate humanity.”
– Miracle in Atlanta-A Black Christ Ebony magazine, December, 1968. Vol.24 No. 2pp.33-40