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Can we get an amen??
You may have been one of the lucky ones that caught The Gate's standing-room-only, Reader's Theater production of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin at AUA. Response to this show was overwhelmingly positive! So much so, that The Gate is bringing a fully staged production to the KAD Studio Theater, December 20-23. This gripping drama addresses themes of religion, love, and poverty. Author, James Baldwin, takes us on a journey into the complex relationships forged by religion and love. From her first sermon, Margaret's faith is obviously centered more on judgment than mercy. She has centered her life around the pastorship of a small church in Harlem. When she declares movies, drinking, jazz, and even comic strips in the daily papers as morally unacceptable, her narrow, brittle barricades leave little space left for those around her to breathe. During the course of the play, we learn of the deep-set loss and fear that drives her to first take refuge in a set of scriptures, and then build a dictatorship that pushes people away. Will the hypocrites wind up in charge of the church? In a sense, the question is beside the point. In Baldwin's tragedy, the spiritual leader's fall is all but preordained. Why? Long ago, the very heart of faith and love was replaced by something else. As Sister Margaret struggles to preserve the stability she's built, her faith is tested to the point of excruciation. Until saying "amen," which means "so be it," becomes harder and harder for her to do.
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Pirates of Chemotherapyby Paul Schutte and directed by Toni Cacioppo, will run February 7-9, 14-16 at AUA Auditorium. This dramatic comedy is about six women who share a diagnosis of breast cancer, all of whom are in various stages of treatment, recovery, and remission. They bond and band together in touching and often hilarious support of one another, pledging to live life to the fullest! Pirates reminds us of how the relentless spirit of the human condition responds to love and considers the idea that healing is different than cure. The Richmond Gay Times review said, "...we laugh, we cry, we empathize with those we know who have battled cancer. This cast of six isn’t just actors—pirates, to be correct—but representatives of diverse people who convince us that the curative powers of laughter and fortitude shouldn’t be discounted."
A portion of ticket sales for Pirates of Chemotherapy will go to benefit breast cancer outreach throughout Northern Thailand.
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