Friday, July 17, 2009

Theatrical Outfit Presents Cotton Patch Gospel

August 12—August 30, 2009 at The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s

"The basic facts of the story are shocking. This teenage girl claims to be impregnated by God. It’s a story that has lived for so many generations that we get used to the shock value of it. By not changing the story but changing the setting of the story affords the audience the opportunity to experience it for the first time."

As a former cast member and now the play’s director, Tom Key cites this sentiment as the key to the success of Cotton Patch Gospel: an adaptation of Clarence Jordan's "Cotton Patch" versions of the gospels of Matthew and John for the stage.

Inspired by both Jordan and his development of the interracial Koinonia farming community in south Georgia, Key and Treyz’s version transplants the story of Jesus into the mid-20th-century American South and considers what might have happened had Jesus been born in Georgia—with Gainesville standing in for Bethlehem, Valdosta for Nazareth, and Atlanta as the fateful Jerusalem.

Several standing ovation-inspiring tours later, this perennial favorite of bluegrass and jazz music and soulful storytelling plows new ground with an all-new cast and is produced in association with Georgia Ensemble Theatre (

Calendar Info:

Preview: Aug. 12- 14 @ 7:30 pm.
Opening Night: Aug. 15 @ 7:30 pm.
Matinees: Aug. 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 @ 2:30 pm.
Evenings: Aug. 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29 @ 7:30 pm.
Talkback event after the performance Aug. 28.
Student Matinee Aug. 26 @ 11:00 am; Senior Matinee ($15) Aug. 19 @ 2:30 pm.
GET performances: Sept. 2 – 20.
Theatrical Outfit
Box Office Tuesday – Friday,
12 noon – 6 pm 678-528-1500
Tickets: $35 Regular.
Group discounts and $15 student tickets available.

The Balzer Theatre at Herren’s
84 Luckie Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

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