J. Scott Bronson
Stones is a perfect example of the three keys to playwriting:
Story, Character, and Dialogue. Both acts, thousands of years apart in
real time, appear outwardly to tell two different stories. But the
similarities in the themes of faith and family reach across the years
to bind the play into one coherent story that is relevant today and
will always be as long as humans walk the earth.
Playwrights of lesser ability would have seen the task of putting
thoughts into the mind and words into the mouth of the Savior of
Mankind as somewhat daunting, if not downright sacrilegious; yet
Bronson's Christ speaks words that are simultaneously human in their
pain and divine in their solace.
No less expertly delineated are the characters of Abraham and,
especially Mary. The scene where she becomes aware of her Son's
eventual sacrifice on the cross is one of great dramatic and spiritual
power. Bronson's dialogue successfully and seamlessly bridges two
worlds. His characters speak plainly in the modern syntax and
vernacular and yet slip effortlessly into lyrical soliloquies of great
Stones sets a new standard for Mormon drama in the universality
of its theme, the depth of its characterization, and the poignant
beauty of its words.