BONHOEFFER’S COST Earns Rave Review from BroadwayWorld-Austin
” Cory Grabenstein gives Bonhoeffer an appropriate intensity and a certain nerdish endearing charm. He shows us Bonhoeffer as an intellectual with a deep commitment to justice. He’s compassionate too, even with his mortal enemies Judge Advocate Rott, played with appropriate menace by Frank Benge, and his guard Klopstock played by Keoni Ramo.”
Read the full review by clicking here.
TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR BONHOEFFER’S COST
Agape Theatre is proud to announce our upcoming production of BONHOEFFER’S COST. Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Time Gregory, BONHOEFFER’S COST tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Agape’s production will be the play’s Texas Premiere.
BONHOEFFER’S COST finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison during the darkest days of WWII. As the war rages around him and his faith is tested, Bonhoeffer deliberates the cost attached to acting from one’s convictions. In a blind race between the forces of good and evil, will Dietrich make it out alive?
A Lutheran pastor and theologian in Germany during WWII, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was extremely vocal in his resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including the Nazi persecution of Jewish people. In addition to his political resistance, Bonhoeffer is known for writing countless books and essays on theology and Christianity, especially The Cost of Discipleship.
Agape’s production of BONHOEFFER’S COST will be staged in the Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock. The beautiful historic landmark was built in 1896. The building’s Gothic style and incredible stained glass windows are sure to enhance the production.
“We are overjoyed to bring BONHOEFFER’S COST to our audience,” says Jeff Davis, Artistic Director of Agape Theatre and Director of BONHOEFFER’S COST. “While he’s well-known amongst Lutherans, Bonhoeffer is nearly forgotten in other circles. Regardless of your religious affiliation, Bonhoeffer’s heroism is undeniable. I know his story will inspire our patrons and keep them on the edge of their seats.”
Davis is also excited about the opportunity to produce the show inside a Lutheran Church. “We are beyond blessed to be staging this extraordinary play inside an equally extraordinary venue,” says Davis. “Palm Valley Lutheran Church is a treasure to our local community. Being able to stage a show about faith inside a church is a dream come true, as is Palm Valley’s passion and excitement for this project.”
Ticket prices for the production start at $12-$20, with discounts available to Seniors, Students, Teachers/Educators and Current/Ex Military. “Agape Theatre has always believed that everyone should have access to quality, thought-provoking theater, regardless of income or budget,” says Davis. “We understand the importance of this story being told, and we didn’t want ticket prices to deter people from seeing this show. That’s why we’ve tiered our ticket pricing—something we’ve never done before—and offered discounts to several different demographics. We’re confident that everyone should be able to find a seat that meets their budget.”
Directed by Jeff Davis, BONHOEFFER’S COST stars Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rachel Bremer-Lewis as Maria Von Wedemeyer/Charlotte Friedenthal, and Zach Bond as Klaus Bonhoeffer/Maetz. BONHOEFFER’S COST also features an original musical score by Brian Losoya. The full cast and creative team will be announced soon.
BONHOEFFER’S COST plays The Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, located at 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX. The play runs Thursday, May 11-Sunday, May 21, 2017. Performances are Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30pm with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. A free post-show reception will follow the opening night performance on Thursday, May 11th. A post-show discussion with the cast and creative team will follow the performance on Friday, May 12th and the evening performance on Saturday, May 20th.
Tickets are $12-20 with discounts available to Seniors, Students, Teachers/Educators and Current/Ex Military. To reserve tickets, please visit www.ticketor.com/agapetheatre or call us at 512-88-STAGE.
For more information, please visit agapetheatre.org/bonhoeffers-cost.html or call 512-88-STAGE.
BONHOEFFER’S COST is recommended for audience members age 13 and up.
Did you miss out on our one night only Workshop Production of The Yellow Wallpaper? Not to worry! You can watch the production in its entirety on YouTube, along with the post-show discussion between the audience, cast, and playwright. This marks the first time in the history of Agape Theatre that we’ve shared a video of a prior production.
To access the video, please click here or click the image below.
AGAPE THEATRE PREPARES FOR RELAUNCH
In case you missed Linda Dwyer’s wonderful article in the December 21st edition of The Williamson County Sun, we’ve reprinted it here. The article delves into our recent Workshop Production of The Yellow Wallpaper and touches upon our plans for the 2017 Season.
While BONHOEFFER’S COST and THE YELLOW WALLPAPER are two very different plays tackling two different subjects, there is an interesting element that ties them both together. “Both BONHOEFFER’S COST and THE YELLOW WALLPAPER feature incredibly dynamic and resilient protagonists who are oppressed, beaten down, and imprisoned by the world and people around them,” says Davis, “but despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, both protagonists rise up and keep fighting. That commonality between the two protagonists is one of the many reasons why we chose these two plays for our 2017 Season, and I know our audience will be moved and inspired by these stories.”
Agape Theatre may also add additional productions and special events to its 2017 Season. “If the stars align and we can find the right play, the right venue, and the right cast and creative team, we’d love to produce an additional show or two as part of our 2017 Season,” says Davis. “We would be delighted to add one more production to our season, but at the very least, the success of the Workshop Production of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER proved that our audience will flock to a staged reading of a new work. Playwrights all over the world send us new, unproduced and unpublished plays daily, and we believe that new work deserves recognition and visibility. It is likely that our 2017 Season will include one or two staged readings produced as special one-night-only events.”
More information, including venues and performance dates, will be announced at a later date. For more information, please visit www.agapetheatre.org or call 512-88-STAGE.
BONHOEFFER’S COST and THE YELLOW WALLPAPER feature situations and language that may not be suitable for audience members under the age of 13. Parental discretion is advised
Agape Theatre, Inc. proudly announces the opening of the application period for the Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts.The Joan Baker Scholarship is offered to further our mission to provide young performers and artists an environment in which to hone their craft.
The Joan Baker Scholarship is a $500 scholarship which will be awarded to an incoming college freshman who displays a genuine interest and dedication to theater.
Eligibility: To be eligible for the Joan Baker Scholarship in Performing Arts, a student must:
Requirements: To apply for the Joan Baker Scholarship in Performing Arts, a student must:
Selection Process: All applications and additional documents will be forwarded to the Secretary of the Board of Directors for Agape Theatre, Inc.. The student’s application will be given a number and their name, school, and instructor’s name will be removed from all documents to ensure an anonymous and unbiased selection process. Their application information will then be forwarded to a selection committee for further review.
Deadline: The student’s complete application must be received by Agape Theatre by 11:59pm Central Time on Monday, March 6th, 2017. Agape Theatre will award the scholarship on or before Monday, May 1st, 2017.
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The Joan Baker Scholarship in Theater Arts is completely funded through donations and sponsorships. To contribute to the Joan Baker Scholarship Fund, please visit http://www.agapetheatre.org/sponsor-donate