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This beautiful combination of poetry and film created by playwright and film artist Don Nguyen with voice work by Charise Greene examines the plight of Lot's wife from a new and intriguing perspective. The piece is based on the theme of "destruction" and Genesis 19:26.

Genesis 19:26

My Million Spectacular Moments


Don Nguyen


Performed by Charisse Greene

Curated by: 

Chris Cragin


Poetry, Film

Image by Giorgio Trovato

Primary Scripture

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The first time I learned about Lot's wife was in Sunday School at the age of twelve. I remember being completely frightened at the thought of someone turning into a pillar of salt just because they made a poor decision. I also remember thinking "what a foolish woman! All she had to do was listen to the angel and she would've been okay." It implanted in my mind the believe that Lot's wife was a weak woman who gave in to temptation. She was a character in the Bible that came from a position of weakness. It's a passage in the Bible that's always intrigued me, and now that I have the chance to revisit it as an adult, I knew I wanted look at Lot's wife from a different perspective. What if Lot's wife wasn't weak? What if she exercised free will? That would actually mean she made a strong choice for herself. That idea intrigued me, and it was from this idea that I came up with Lot's wife describing the last thing she saw that fateful moment when she turned back and looked upon God's Wrath. Perhaps to the others, the ones who obeyed the angel's instructions and did not look back; perhaps they imagined fire and brimstone, but for her, what if she looked back and actually saw the face of God and the only way in which she could describe it for herself was as "my million spectacular moments."

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Don Nguyen was born in Saigon, Vietnam, grew up in Nebraska, and now currently resides in New York City. As a playwright, Don has written several full-length plays including: SOUND, a sign language play which was a finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and was previously developed at The Playwrights Realm. Don’s first full-length play RED FLAMBOYANT was developed at the Ojai Playwrights Conference and was both a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival as well as the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. THE MAN FROM SAIGON has been developed at Naked Angels and was a NYSAF Founders Award recipient. THE COMMENCEMENT OF WILLIAM TAN was developed at New York Stage and Film and was a finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. Don was also recently one of 48 playwrights commissioned for The Flea Theater’s 5 1/2 hour epic production of The Mysteries, directed by Ed Iskander, which was a stage adaptation of the Bible. Don is a proud member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, a member of the inaugural Emerging Writers Group at the Public Theater in New York and served five years as artistic director for The Shelterbelt Theatre. Don is also a frequent volunteer for the 52nd Street Project.


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