Christian play ‘Fish Eyes’ to premiere

Published 10:45 am Friday, February 26, 2016

Anyone interested in learning about Jesus in a new way is invited to attend a play called “Fish Eyes,” a full-length production that tours the Gospels through the eyes of the disciple brothers Peter and Andrew.

Brookhaven First United Methodist Church will host the Christian theater production March 5 at the Church’s Ministry Center on S. Jackson Street. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is free of charge and is open to all. A special love offering will be given to benefit the Blessings in a Backpack program.

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“Fish-Eyes” is the humorous, heartwarming and poignant story of the disciples Peter and Andrew, who drop their nets and follow Jesus on a journey filed with joy, laughter, pain, confusion and wonderment. The church invites the public to come along with them as they walk with Jesus and witness his miracles, experience his love and struggle to understand his teachings.

Program director and “Fish Eyes” actor Doug Hoy said, “I have been blessed to perform this play nine times back in Ohio, as it was part of my traveling drama ministry’s dramatic repertoire. And I’m hoping it signals the birth of some Christian drama activity down here in Mississippi. Through this production at the church, we hope to demonstrate this unique form of Christian drama and plant the seeds to a drama ministry that will carry this production and a few others out to the community. We will be looking to pull a few people together to start such a ministry, and through this show we hope to begin generating some interest.”

Hoy partnered with Ted & Company Theater Works to help produce the play here in Mississippi.

“What makes this play unique from other ‘church plays’ is that it takes a look at the life of Jesus in fresh, engaging ways,” Hoy said. “’Fish Eyes’ is equal parts comedy and drama. It’s a poignant and heartwarming, profound tale of two ordinary fishermen and their walk with Jesus. It is a journey that both emboldens and befuddles these very flawed, very funny and very lovable brothers.”

The play is staged in two acts with a coffee-and-cookies intermission. For more information on the production, contact Dough Hoy at 937-243-8034 or