LINCOLN COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL
APRIL 2 & 3, 2011
Lincoln Community Playhouse will host a special presentation of the musical, COTTON PATCH GOSPEL, on April 2 & 3 on the Playhouse Mainstage. Performance times are 7:30 pm on Saturday and 2:00 pm on Sunday. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for students and may be reserved 24/7 at www.lincolnplayhouse.com or by calling 489-7529, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
Billed as “the greatest story ever re-told,” COTTON PATCH GOSPEL is a musical retelling of the Gospels of Mark and John as if the events happened yesterday in rural Georgia. The script by Tom Key and Russell Treyz is based on Reverend Clarence Jordan’s COTTON PATCH translations of the Bible. The music and lyrics are the final work of rock/pop legend, Harry Chapin.
In the performance, actor Dave Maxwell, as the disciple, Matthew, portrays all of the characters in the Gospels as he shares the Good News. Maxwell is backed by Dennis Kuhn, Daniel Schneider and Steve Dotz as a traveling country western band.
COTTON PATCH GOSPEL was directed by Playhouse Executive Director, Morrie Enders, in 1996 when he was Artistic/Managing Director of La Crosse Community Theatre in Wisconsin. The show won state, regional and national awards through the American Association of Community Theatre festival cycle. The show then toured Wisconsin, Minnesota and Florida before performing in Germany. In 2003, the show was revived for a special benefit performance. In 2009, under the auspices of The Heider Center for the Arts in Wisconsin, the show was revived again to represent the United States at an international festival in Monaco. A 2010 request for another Florida tour initiated a third revival and Enders asked the company to perform in Lincoln at the Playhouse.
Enders said “I’m very excited to share this show with Lincoln. COTTON PATCH GOSPEL is a reverent retelling that can really reconnect you with the Gospels. We’ve performed the show at many churches – in fact, sometimes we were the church service that Sunday!” With most community shows performing only a few weekends, Enders noted the rarity of the COTTON PATCH GOSPEL long run, stating, “This show has been running off-and-on for 15 years! I think that is a sign of how joyful the performance is and also a tribute to a fantastic cast.”