Thursday, January 22, 2009

Theater of the Word's 2009 Season of Touring Shows

THE GREAT ADVENTURE - Quests, Obstacles, Virtues, and Vices - What will keep our young heroes from living the Great Adventure of the Faith? And what will they need for help? This interactive epic, starring the kids of your parish or church, will answer the question! The choices they make determine the very plot of the show - and the obstacles they encounter along the way.

Your kids on stage with our professional actors- Faith, Formation and Fun!

THE JOURNEY OF ST. PAUL - Journey with Paul from his early hatred and persecution of the Church through his miraculous conversion and through his years of fighting for the Faith as he battles shipwrecks, imprisonments, stonings and privations - all for the sake of the salvation of souls. This thrilling show will make you feel as if you've met the man himself - the most zealous, outspoken, and courageous of the apostles. It's an encounter you won't want to miss!

KING DAVID - This one-man show presents the most dramatic stories of the Old Testament. King David is hunted and hounded by King Saul, and in his persecutions he serves to prepare the Jews for the coming of Our Lord. It's all here - Samuel the Prophet, Goliath, Bathsheba, Jonathin and Absalom, and the most moving of David's psalms. The Bible will come to life before your eyes with these incredible stories - starring Kevin O'Brien, and featured on EWTN.

THE LITTLE SAINT OF THE POOR: Written and produced to commemorate the canonization of Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, this show presents the story of her life and her struggles. We journey with Jeanne as she gives up her own bed to a poor and dying woman, as she, by the grace of God, founds an order dedicated to serving the elderly and infirm; and as she is denied all honor and recognition of this remarkable feat by an unscrupulous man who forces Jeanne into a kind of exile in her own final years. This story is inspiring, as Jeanne's love for God shines through in her care for the aged and in the midst of her troubles. The play also delves into life issues that are currently in contention - euthanasia, dying, and dignity - and shows how these issues are fully transformed by the love of God and the love of the poorest among us.

A MORNING STAR CHRISTMAS - Two delightful one-act shows make up this celebration of the Nativity. An inspiring evening for the whole family!

MYSTERY FUNDRAISERS - This interactive comedy mystery is a hilarious who-dunnit. The murderer could be anyone in the room – even the person sitting beside you! This is a fun and family-friendly show that is both a legitimate mystery and also a satire of modern secular life – with a subtle message of hope.

OLD THUNDER - AN EVENING WITH HILAIRE BELLOC - Need a little jolt to wake up from the muddle of mushy belief? Invite Catholic historian and poet Hilarie Belloc. Belloc, who lived from 1870 - 1953 is presented by actor Kevin O'Brien who provides a stirring evening which includes Belloc's prophetic take on "The Great Heresies" and on the waste land of modern thought. Was Belloc a prophet? Before the 1940's he predicted the Welfare State, the increasing cruelty of our culture, and even the resurgence of Islam.Father Joseph Fessio called "An Evening with Hilaire Belloc" "fantastic and unforgettable." Dale Ahlquist, host of EWTN's series "The Apostle of Common Sense" says, "Everyone in America needs to see this show."

THE PASSION OF OUR LORD - Beginning with the triumphal entry into Jerusalem and ending with the Ascension into Heaven, this powerful show sweeps the audience up into an unforgettable experience of the events of Holy Week. "The Passion of Our Lord" is a powerful encounter with Jesus and his disciples, capturing the most profound events of their lives - and ours.

THE QUEST FOR SHAKESPEARE - Join Joseph Pearce, noted biographer from England, who will talk on his new controversial book "The Quest for Shakespeare" in which he makes the case that Shakespeare was a secret Catholic at a time when to be one put his very life in danger. Joseph's presentation is punctuated by our actors performing several scenes from Shakespeare's plays that illustrate the Bard's Catholic worldview.

SARAH'S SECRET - This show is the most powerful pro-life drama you’ll ever see. We can’t tell you much about it – without spoiling the ending, but it’s guaranteed to make everyone in the audience realize the horror and pain of abortion – and the need for God’s mercy and grace.

SOCRATES MEETS JESUS - In this dramatic adaptation of the classic by Peter Kreeft, Socrates comes back to life and goes to college - in modern times!

What happens when a real philosopher meets the pretend philosophers who pose as students and teachers? What would happen if the greatest of ancient minds started learning about Jesus? What would happen if modern hip atheists are confronted by the fact that reason leads to faith?

This play will answer all these questions - and many more questions along the way. Bring your high school and college kids - the ones who think they have all the answers. They may be in for a surprising awakening when Socrates meets Jesus!

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