Tuesday, November 27, 2018

As an alum, I remember just how dark the descent into Advent and the end of the 2nd quarter can feel. We have just the antidote for you. In my role here as Consultant for Ministry and the Arts, I am delighted to be able to share with you the dramatic gifts of Paul Sapp, playwright, director, and producer of the Tiny Engine Theatre Company, located in Durham, North Carolina. We are lucky to host Paul and nine actors this weekend in the world premiere of his latest play. Lady Misrule is a dark tale from the jolliest of places. When disgraced ad man Stephen Wurth learns of his daughter’s death, the only thing more shocking than the news is where he must go to retrieve her: the North Pole. There he’ll be embroiled in a battle for the meaning of Christmas with Santa Claus, Santa’s estranged daughter, a one-time bully, an enigmatic elf and a host of merry eccentrics. Paul Sapp’s Noir-ish mystery explores issues of belief, faith, and the dirty work of doing good deeds. It will be performed for two nights in the Multipurpose room in Addison Academic Center, November 30 and December 1 at 7:30 p.m. There will be a festive wine and cheese reception at 6:45 p.m. for each performance and a talk-back with the actors and director after Saturday night’s performance. This is an opportunity to set down your books, venture out for a night of wry commentary on our dark times and dispense with Christmas during Advent once and for all.  It is not appropriate for young children especially if they still believe in Santa Claus! The play depicts alcohol and pot consumption, sexual inference on stage, as well as some profanity. While this event is free, registration is required through Eventbrite.

The Rev. Ann H Gillespie
Consultant, Lifelong Learning

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