Theatre production: The Birth
The Birth is a thematic one-act, developed and adapted for the stage by Nathan Rouse, director of Starving Artist Productions. Inspired by and featuring the writings of Pulitzer Prize nominee and Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner, the show tells the story of Christ’s birth through a series of dramatic monologues, original live music and dance, from the perspectives of various figures involved in the event (the Innkeeper, one of the wisemen, and a shepherd).
First produced and offered in Charlotte, the production has grown each year, and in both 2009 and 2010 was nominated by Creative Loafing for Theater Event of the Year. This poignant stage work is in its 9th season at the Duke Energy Theater/Spirit Square (part of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center—Charlotte, NC).
Patrons of last year’s show describe it as “intimate and special, very moving…” Sarah Henderson of Charlotte says, “There’s no presumption about it, and it’s very disarming, and beautiful, accessible and lovely.”
Director Nathan Rouse speaks about the production:
See also: http://astarvingartistproduction.com/the-birth/
Our motivation for bringing this theater work to the High Country community is the desire to share Christ’s birth story through words of Frederick Buechner, brought to life through this innovative presentation of theater and music. We earnestly believe that this program will touch audience members of all ages in a profound way during the reflective time of Advent.
The production is 50 minutes in length and will include an additional 30 minute “talkback” segment with the cast. Two performances are being offered: 6 p. m. and 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church off of Deerfield Rd. at 131 Big Valley Street, Boone. The date for the show is Saturday, December 13, 2014. A love offering will be taken at each service, in order to compensate the cast.
Stay Tuned for HCUCC’s plan for engaging this drama.