Freed-Hardeman University theatre will present two plays dealing with the importance of religious community on alternating days in October.
“As It Is in Heaven” will take the Black Box Theatre stage Oct. 8, 10 and 12 at 8:00pm and again Oct. 12 at 2:00pm “God’s Man in Texas” will be presented Oct. 9, 11 and 13 at 8:00pm and for a 2:00pm matinee Oct. 13.
“As It Is In Heaven” provides a glimpse into a Utopian, Shaker community struggling to retain its simplicity when challenged by the gifts of new members. The visions of a new convert ignite a spiritual awakening, and soon all the young women are receiving spiritual “gifts” that challenge religious orthodoxy. FHU theatre director R. Cliff Thompson directs the play set within the music and dance of Shaker life in 1840’s Kentucky.
The all-female cast of “As It Is in Heaven” is comprised of Mariah Kerr, Samantha McMillan, Madison Davis, Erin Cahill, Courtney Willcut, Savannah Coe, Presley Connor, Kayley Wadlington and Casey Jackson.
“God’s Man In Texas” explores the impact that a change in leadership can have when the retiring pastor steps down from the mega-church he founded. When the legendary pastor of Houston’s Rock Baptist Church decides to retire, an up-and-coming preacher answers the call to fill the great man’s place behind the pulpit. The trouble starts when the church’s aging leader clings to his position--and his coveted 10 a.m. television broadcast. David Rambo’s play balances the temptations of worldly success, empire building, and church politics with the desire for true faith and personal integrity. David Fonville directs the play. Three men: Braden Miller, Kevin Record and Jared Martin, comprise the cast.
“Even in the best of communities,” Thompson said, “pride, confusion and fear can disrupt peace.” He encourages audiences to come one night and return the next night for the other play. Tickets may be purchased for $10 each at fhutickets.universitytickets.com.
Whatever your feelings about faith communities, both of these plays impact us on an emotional and intellectual level.
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