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VTS Presents World Premiere of play LADY MISRULE: A CHRISTMAS NOIR

Media Contact: Curtis Prather
Tel: 703-461-1782
Email: cprather@vts.edu

(Alexandria, Va.) - Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) announces the world premiere performance of the new play Lady Misrule: A Christmas Noir on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.

A noir-ish exploration of faith, family and the dirty work of doing good deeds, Lady Misrule is written and directed by Paul Sapp and produced by the Tiny Engine Theatre Company of North Carolina.

"Theater can be a powerful vehicle for stimulating theological reflection on the fundamentals of living and life," said the Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D., dean and president of VTS. "Virginia Seminary is pleased to model the use of theater in religious reflection; we are excited about this initiative and grateful to those who made it possible."

"A dark tale from the jolliest place on earth," Lady Misrule tells the story of Stephen Wurth, a disgraced ad man who becomes embroiled in a battle for the meaning of Christmas following the death of his daughter at the North Pole. Featuring a host of merry eccentrics, including Santa Claus, Santa’s estranged daughter, a one-time bully, and an enigmatic elf, Lady Misrule is intended for an adult audience.

A Q&A with the director and cast will follow the Saturday performance.
Founded in 1823 as a beacon of hope in a country new and finding its way, Virginia Theological Seminary has led the way in forming leaders of the Episcopal Church, including: the Most Rev. John E. Hines (VTS 1933, D.D. 1946), former presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church; the Rt. Rev. John T. Walker (VTS 1954, D.D. 1978), the first African-American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; and theologian, author and lay preacher Ms. Verna J. Dozier (VTS D.D. 1978). Serving the worldwide Anglican Communion, Virginia Theological Seminary educates approximately 25% of those being ordained who received residential theological education. Visit us online at www.vts.edu.
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