WE THREE KINGS OF ORIENT ARE is a short play dramatizing the origins of the song “We Three Kings of Orient Are”. One December night, during the reign of Caesar Augustus, a peculiarly bright star rises in the East and is noticed by three kings: Balthasar of Ethiopia, Melchior of Arabia, Gaspar of Tarsus. Each king is troubled by the warlike state of the world and believes the strange natural phenomenon portends the arrival of a Messiah who will rescue the human race from itself. The kings set out on their journeys bearing expensive gifts; following the star, they meet on the road to Bethlehem where they encounter a blind man suddenly cured who relates other recent miracles and a Roman centurion who has cast down his sword and tells of other soldiers who refuse to fight. Expecting a great and glorious royal figure like themselves, the three kings are guided by a shepherd to a crude stable on the outskirts of town and are astonished when they behold the baby Jesus. They offer their gifts and realize that true power comes not from military might or wealth but from purity of heart. Playscript contains full set, stage, costume directions along with useful staging tips.