Schaefer's story is ongoing, as he appeals his Dec. 19 defrocking by the church's Eastern Pennsylvania Conference.
That decision came after Schaefer rejected the options given to him by the jury at the close of the trial in November: promise to uphold the Methodist ban on officiating at gay weddings, or step aside.
Carducci-Kuhn said the play - which the company hopes will be ready in time to open its 10th anniversary season in October - will allow audience members to experience the trial through the stories of people who were there.
It will likely be a testimonial-style production, using scenes interspersed with monologues given by actors using the real words of Schaefer and others involved.
She said writers would begin those interviews next week.
Testimony from Schaefer's trial - as prosecutors argued for his ouster, Schaefer's son shared his experience of being a closeted child, and Schaefer slipped a rainbow stole over his shoulders during the proceedings' last day - will provide the fodder for many scenes.
"There was a lot of drama there, more than enough to sustain a play," said Rich Kirk, a Curio board member and a longtime advocate for gay rights in the United Methodist Church, who came up with the idea for the play after attending the trial.
While the story is compelling, Carducci-Kuhn said, there is another reason Curio couldn't pass up the opportunity to turn it into a play.
The company operates out of a Methodist church.
"It seemed like the perfect fit, the perfect time," she said.
For seven years, Curio has held its productions in the sanctuary at the Calvary Center for Culture and Community, on Baltimore Avenue near 48th Street.
Carducci-Kuhn said the sanctuary has not been used for religious ceremonies for about 30 years, but several congregations, including Calvary United Methodist Church, still use a chapel in the building.
Depending on the production, the theater can seat from 70 to 150, she said.
Schaefer, formerly the pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona, said he was on board with the idea from when it was first presented to him and sees the play as a means to continue a dialogue about change in the church.
"People are actually talking about these issues now more than ever in the religious arena," he said. "It goes cross-denomination."
Meanwhile, Schaefer is contemplating whether to accept a job offer extended by Bishop Minerva Carcaño, who leads the church's California-Pacific Conference. Carcaño has said she cannot restore Schaefer's ministering credentials but can give him a local pastor's license to work in a specific church.
Schaefer said he and his wife, Bridget, plan to travel to California on Jan. 12 to meet with Carcaño.
That trip is just one stop on a whirlwind schedule of speaking engagements, national interviews, and, now, meetings with the producers at Curio that has consumed Schaefer's life since his trial.
With his three sons' help, he recently launched a new website, umcvoices.com, that he hopes will become a forum for discussing inclusivity in the church.
"I don't want it to slow down," he said. "I want to be what I promised to be and what I feel I'm called to be. And that is, an activist."
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the status of the Calvary Center for Culture and Community in West Philadelphia. The building is owned by Calvary United Methodist Church, which continues to hold services there.