The 7th Annual Blue Moon Midnight Mass ::: photo by Josh Lovseth
Jason Josephes (Booker at The Blue Moon, member of the Hopscotch Boys and “Jesus” during the pageant.) took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few of my silly questions about “Blue Moon’s 8th Christmas Eve Holiday Pageant and Midnight Mass” by way of electronic mail. Not if, but when you get sick of your family on Saturday night, you know exactly where your annoyed soul needs to go. Merry Christmas. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Holidays.
Jason, I have questions about the Blue Moon Christmas Eve Pageant/Midnight Mass.
Jason Josephes (JJ): I am here to answer these.
So, what’s it like portraying the “Son of Man” once a year? Have you done it for the entirety of the tradition? What can we expect from Blue Moon Jesus and Friends?
JJ: I gotta be honest with you, Regis. It gets a little tiring. You’d think being the son of God would help me pull off a successful pageant each year. Ah, but I am merely me PLAYING the son of God. Not a huge difference, if I must be equal parts frank, humble, and full of shit. But if I could be Jesus playing me instead, it would help on the “make sure this all runs smoothly” tip. Therefore, for the first and perhaps only time, I am outsourcing my Christ robe. Jesus will be played by a special guest this year. Don’t worry, it’s not Anthony Keidis.
What is the weirdest thing that has ever happened at this event?
JJ: Hard to say, but it usually involves the midnight mass. Reverend Jenkins is an old school fire and brimstone guy but even the most methodical Methodist should re-up with their pharmacist every now and again lest serotonin levels drop to the single digits. Example: here is a picture of the aftermath of the midnight mass from 2008:
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