One Day to Opening

May 10, 2017 |


Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer in BONHOEFFER’S COST. Photo by Jeff Knoll.

If you see zombie-like figures on the grounds of Palm Valley Lutheran Church, don’t be alarmed.  It’s just the cast and creative team of Bonhoeffer’s Cost.

Theater folk call the week leading up to opening night as “Hell Week” due to the long hours and stress involved.  No matter the show, the week before opening takes its toll on everyone involved on a physical, mental, and emotional level.

To me, that toll always seems a bit higher when the show itself is already physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing, and Bonhoeffer’s Cost is a juggernaut for the entire cast on all levels.  The WWII and Holocaust subject matter pushes the cast into very uncomfortable and demanding emotional territory, the episodic, non-linear structure of the show asks much of their mental faculties and focus, and several performers, especially Cory Grabenstein as our Dietrich Bonhoeffer, remain on stage for long stretches of time.  Once the show begins, they’re on a physical, mental, and emotional roller coaster for two hours, and they’re all exhausted when the train slows and returns to the station.

That said, they’re all eager to jump back on the train the next day.  I have never had the honor of working with such a dedicated cast.  It truly is special and magical.

There’s also a magic that comes with seeing the show come together.  Monday night was our first time running the show with full costumes, props, and technical elements, and I am beyond pleased with the overall look, feel, and tone of the show.  Our Costume Designer, Ronnie Prior, paid close attention to detail and authenticity in recreating the Nazi uniforms and 1940s fasions required for the show, and the projections used to establish the setting are very effective.  A few moments also utilize achival newsreel footage from the war which I hope will remind the audience of the reality and severity of the world in which Bonhoeffer lived.

We snapped a few photos from the booth during Monday’s dress rehearsal (thank you, Jeff Knoll and your cell phone), and here are a couple of my favorites.  You can find more photos at

While we’re all exhausted, we’re excited to finally open this show and share it with an audience!


Jeff Davis
Director, Bonhoeffer’s Cost

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 Http://Www.Agapetheatre.Org/Bonhoeffers-Cost.Html Or Call 512-88-STAGE.

BONHOEFFER’S COST Is Recommended For Audience Members Age 13 And Up.



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