”Three Men of the Bible” returns to the Limelight stage Command Encore Performances --
Lee Weaver’s Brilliant Interpretations of Joseph, Peter and Judas... an Unforgettable Experience
Wherever Lee Weaver’s been, whatever he’s been doing -– traveling the country as an after-dinner/motivational speaker; speaking and performing in churches, on TV, in the 7,000-seat Great Auditorium at Ocean Grove, (NJ); playing Curly, Billy Bigelow, Tony, Harold Hill, et al “back when the earth’s crust was starting to cool;” starring in the Limelight’s “Man of La Mancha”; and, for almost 30 years, performing his singular interpretation of “Joseph, The Husband of Mary,” “Peter, The Big Fisherman” and “Judas, The Betrayer” -- audiences respond with unrestrained enthusiasm.
Word got around quickly last March -- his brilliant, unforgettable performances as “The Three Men of the Bible” at the Limelight were quickly sold out. Those who were unable to get tickets then are now being given a fresh opportunity. He’ll be recreating these Biblical figures, in his own inimitable, unforgettable, inspiring fashion, in Command Encore performances on three successive Sunday evenings – April 3, 10 and 17 – once again in the Limelight’s intimate studio theatre. .
As Joseph, he recounts his carpentry shop, how he met Mary and how she disappeared for three months after they became engaged. He describes the birth of Jesus, what He was like as a child. He speaks of the Inn in Bethlehem, the shepherds, the angels, the wise men, and the flight to Egypt. Most of all, he tries to convey what the angel meant when he said to Mary and him, “Fear Not!” .
As Judas, he proclaims his love of the Master and his conviction that the Master loved him. As for the infamous kiss, “I meant it only as an identification!” He protests that he wanted to get the Master back on the path the twelve disciples and Jesus had been walking for three years. "All the people knew He could do whatever He wanted. They'd seen Him feed the multitude. They knew He could walk on water! He'd raised Lazarus from the dead! We were waiting for Him to act," Judas proclaims. He thought he could "get Him moving," to be the long-hoped-for Messiah. When he learned that Jesus was to be crucified, he tried to undo what he'd put in motion. but to no avail. Filled with remorse and overwhelming despair, he hanged himself. “And now the world despises me."
And finally, as Peter the Big Fisherman: "I love to tell the story of going fishing with the Master, what it was like to walk with Him, to be His disciple.” He tells about the Transfiguration and seeing Moses and Elijah, of the foot-washing at the Last Supper and when he cut off Malchus' ear. He recounts the rooster crowing and his shameful denial of the Lord. He urges the audience to share his joy at the empty tomb and hear the news of the resurrection. What a story, and he was there!