Theatre tour preaches gospel of reconciliation

Monday, April 1, 2013

“Reconciliation takes in every facet of life, every relationship – in easy places and hard places,” says MCC restorative justice coordinator Stephen Siemens; “It’s exciting when lives are transformed.”

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Is charity ever selfless?

Monday, March 4, 2013

What drives us to help others? Are we moved by compassion, by pity? Do we have a need for significance that can only come from sacrifice? Or, do we make a logical choice to serve based on our belief in human equity?

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How do you solve a problem like Blake?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Leave of Absence Playwright: Lucia Frangione Director: Morris Ertman Cast: Tom McBeath, Lucia Frangione, Craig Erickson, Marie Russell, Karyn Guenther A production of Pacific Theatre Jan. 25–Feb. 16…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Conversation between philosophy and theology engaging and amusing Wittenberg Playwright: David Davalos Director: Stephen Drover A production of Pacific Theatre  —“I’ll take ‘Common Bonds’ for a thousand, Alex.” “Dr….

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The Spitfire Grill

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

There’s a balm in Gilead Vancouver’s Pacific Theatre was abuzz with anticipation on Friday, Sept. 21, opening night of the 2012/2013 season. The first offering this year is the musical The Spitfire Grill, a guest production by Midnight Theatre Collective…

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Serving Christ through storytelling

Monday, October 1, 2012
Ron Reed in Godspell photo credit Itai Erdal

B.C. theatre company portrays gospel with creativity A new graduate from California Institute of the Arts in 1984, Ron Reed soon discovered a disconnect between his faith and…

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An unsettling look into human trafficking

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A unsettling look into human trafficking She Has a Name A play by Andrew Kooman Imagine having everything you know taken from you, then being forced into a…

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Currently on stage

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cotton Patch Gospel
Director: Susan Schmidt Goerz

Through The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John (published 1968–1973), Clarence Jordan gave Americans a vivid, contemporary take on the gospel story by framing Jesus and the disciples in the vernacular of rural Georgia with all its poverty and human rights struggles. This “contemporary portrait” continues to inspire audiences through presentations of the hit Broadway musical Cotton Patch Gospel (adapted for the stage by Tom Key, Russell Treyz, and Harry Chapin), such as the one performed at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., Nov. 4–5.

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Current film

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Tree of Life
Director: Terrence Malick
The first time I viewed The Tree of Life starring Sean Penn, I didn’t understand or grasp all of it, yet I was profoundly moved by it. There is something deeply spiritual about this Cannes-film-festival award-winning film with which I resonate. The visual imagery is stunning, but the story line eluded me somewhat.

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Pride and love explored through “dark history”

Friday, April 1, 2011

Mennonites have some dark marks in history, and for the most part they don’t like to talk about them, but Patrick Friesen’s play The Shunning brings one of those dark marks to the light. Based on a narrative poem published in 1980, the play was first performed in 1985. While Friesen weaves cultural aspects of Mennonite heritage into the play, it stands as a dark story about one of their harshest punishments.

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Father Tim of Mitford visits Hepburn

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Welcome to Mitford
Performed by Bethany College
The very popular Father Tim Kavanagh transitioned from print to stage in the Canadian premiere of Welcome to Mitford at Bethany College, Hepburn, Sask., Nov. 4–6.

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Reconciliation play connects with audience

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Author: Wilma Derksen
We are connected to the people who hurt us even if we do not realize it. This is one of the messages of Re:connections, a joint project between Mennonite Central Committee and Bethany Bible College, Hepburn, Sask.

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Drama opens dialogue on victim-offender mediation

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The energy of a college ministry tour, the reconciliation work of a peace and justice agency, and the life experience of an author converged in the Re:connections drama tour in Saskatchewan, Apr. 27–May 3. Over seven days, Bethany Players performed nine times to audiences from Prince Albert to Swift Current, Sask.

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Soul-searching play explores compassion and revenge in aftermath of war

Thursday, April 1, 2010

What would you do if someone in your church had a secret past, and their story was suddenly splashed on the front pages of every newspaper?

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Short Stuff

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Disney has opted out of the Narnia film franchise, a few months before filming was to begin on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Disney cited budgetary concerns as their reason after Prince Caspian performed poorly at the box office and in DVD sales, but the Los Angeles Times reported creative differences between Disney and Walden Media, the company that produced the films.

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