“We are not to simply bandage the wounds of victims beneath the wheels of injustice, we are to drive a spoke into the wheel itself.”
“To swallow and follow, whether old doctrine or new propaganda, is a weakness still dominating the human mind.”
-Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Texas Premiere ProductionSpring 2017
Written by Mary Ruth Clarke with Tim Gregory
Directed by Jeff Davis
BONHOEFFER’S COST tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. As a Lutheran pastor and theologian in Germany at the time of World War II, 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.
World Premiere ProductionFall 2017
Written and Directed by Jeff Davis
Inspired by the 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.”