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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.


 WATCH THE WORKSHOP PRODUCTION OF THE YELLOW WALLPAPER IN ITS ENTIRETY ON YOUTUBE

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.


AGAPE THEATRE ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 SEASON
Agape Theatre is proud to announce that after a yearlong hiatus, we will return to producing intimate, quality theatre in Williamson County in 2017.This spring, Agape Theatre will mount the Texas Premiere production of BONHOEFFER’S COST, a WWII drama by Mary Ruth Clarke with Time Gregory.  BONHOEFFER’S COST tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  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 the Jews.  Out of his resistance to the Nazi regime and their attempted control of the religious community, Bonhoeffer founded the underground Confessing Church.  He was also a member of the Abwehr, a German military intelligence organization at the center of the anti-Hitler resistance.  In addition to his political resistance, Bonhoeffer is known for writing countless books and essays on theology and Christianity, especially The Cost of Discipleship.BONHOEFFER’S COST finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin’s Tegel Prison.  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?Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Tim Gregory, BONHOEFFER’S COST had its World Premiere at the Provision Theater Company in Chicago in October, 2011 and was recently produced by the Beacon Theatre in Philadelphia.  Agape Theatre’s production marks the play’s Texas Premiere.“We are overjoyed to bring BONHOEFFER’S COST to our audience,” says Jeff Davis, Artistic Director of Agape Theatre.  “When we were forced to take a break from producing back in 2015 due to venue issues, we had just started rehearsing BONHOEFFER’S COST.  We were excited about it, and our patrons were already buying seats.  While he’s well-known among Lutherans, Bonhoeffer is nearly forgotten in other circles.  Regardless of your religious affiliation, Bonhoeffer’s bravery and heroism is undeniable.  We know our audience was and still is interested in seeing this play, and we are still very excited to be the first theater company in Texas to produce this show.  I know it will keep our patrons on the edge of their seats.”In the fall of 2017, Agape Theatre will produce the World Premiere of THE YELLOW WALLAPER, written by Jeff Davis and inspired by the 1892 short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  THE YELLOW WALLPAPER tells the story of a young woman, Jane, as she grapples with a severe depression which John, her physician/husband, laughs off as a “slight hysterical tendency.”  Secluded in a small room and under her John’s domineering care, Jane slowly loses grip on her sanity, especially as she becomes increasingly obsessed with the room’s yellow wallpaper.  This Gothic-era psychological thriller is not to be missed.“As Agape’s Artistic Director and as the playwright behind this work, THE YELLOW WALLPAPER is incredibly special to me,” says Davis.  “For our company, this production will mark the first time we’ve produced a completely new play that has never been seen anywhere else, and as this is the first play I’ve ever written, it’s a huge milestone for me personally to see it produced.”  Though the play recently received a successful one-night-only Workshop Production at the Georgetown Public Library, the 2017 production will be very different.  “The Workshop Production of THE YELLOW WALLPAPER allowed us to test out the script in front of an audience and allowed our patrons to get a glimpse at a work in progress,” says Davis.  “While that production was a success and the show was embraced by our audience, the version we’ll produce in 2017 will be a bit different.  We plan on taking the feedback we’ve received and we’ll continue to edit and refine the play.  What we’ll produce in 2017 will be shorter, more suspenseful, and in some ways even closer to the themes and motifs found in the beloved short story.  The show will also feature sets, costumes, and special effects that were not seen in the Workshop Production.”

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’S JOAN BAKER SCHOLARSHIP IN THEATER ARTS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

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:

  • Be a High School Senior graduating in the Spring or Summer of 2016
  • Reside and attend school in Williamson or Travis County
  • Have a 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Be currently applying to a 2- or 4- year college, university, or conservatory with the intent to study one of the following disciplines:
    • Theater Studies, Theater History, or Dramaturgy
    • Musical Theater
    • Theater Direction or Directing for Stage
    • Acting
    • Dance
    • Voice
    • Playwriting
    • Theater Design (including Costume Design, Set Design, Lighting Design and/or Sound Design)
    • Stage Management


Requirements: 
To apply for the Joan Baker Scholarship in Performing Arts, a student must:

  • Fill out the online application here: https://form.jotform.com/agapeactors/2017-scholarship-application
  • Upload a current transcript from their High School along with the application.
  • Upload a resume encapsulating their experience in Performing Arts thus far along with the application.
  • Upload 2 Letters of Recommendation from teachers or instructor who can speak to their performing arts characteristics and talent. If their teacher or instructor would rather submit their letter to Agape directly, they may do so here: https://form.jotform.com/agapeactors/2017-supporting-docs-upload
  • Answer one General Essay Question and one Specific Essay Question . Each essay response should be a minimum of 2 pages.  There is no page maximum.  Essay responses should be double-spaced and in a 12-point font.  Essays will be reviewed and graded based on the applicant’s ability to:
    • Follow instructions regarding formatting and content;
    • Sufficiently answer the question by providing a clearly stated opinion or argument;
    • Support their opinion or argument with relevant and compelling examples, facts, figures, quotes, or other supporting information;
    • Speak with a passion towards theater and theatrical arts;
    • Speak as a confident, well-informed, and insightful authority on the essay topic they’ve chosen;
    • Provide a response free of spelling and grammatical errors.
  • (Optional Requirement) Provide digital media (e.g. performance video or audio, design sketches, play manuscripts, etc). This material will only be viewed by the selection committee should there be a tie amongst choosing a final scholarship recipient.


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.

For More Information Contact:

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