Sand Mountain, based on Linney’s Jesus Tales, a short story collection which is itself based on the apocryphal gospels, is actually composed of two plays: Sand Mountain Matchmaking and Why The Lord Come To Sand Mountain. The plays can be performed separately or as a set.
For example, Why The Lord Come To Sand Mountain is often paired with Linney’s plays The Soul Of A Tree and Just Folks. Why The Lord Come To Sand Mountain often received mixed reviews because of Linney’s portrayal of a flawed Jesus. His characterization of Jesus reflects back to a theme carried through most of his plays where all characters, even the “good” ones, are flawed in some way.