Our own Kevin O’Brien’s new Theater of the Word will open its first season with five overtly Christian shows beginning on September 21st and 22nd at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Shrewsbury. The first is a play is GK Chesterton’s The Surprise. Written at the behest of his friend George Bernard Shaw, The Surprise is a kind of Romantic Fairy Tale — a story which answers the question “What do people want in life, and how can they get it?”
Recommended for teens on up. Tickets ($15) are available through MetroTix and directly from The Theater of the Word at 314-840-WORD. Showtime is 8 p.m. both nights. For your viewing pleasure, here is a promotional video for Theater of the Word.
St. Louis Chesterton Society member Tom Leith is playing the part of The King of Fontarabia, Scott Wilson is playing the part of The Captain of the Guard. All of the big parts (there are no unimportant parts!) are being played by professionals: Kevin O’Brien is playing the part of The Poet, and actors from his company are playing the other parts.
The following weekend, actors Chuck Chalberg and Kevin O’Brien will be joined by the president of the American Chesterton Society and host of EWTN’s program G.K. Chesterton: The Apostle of Common Sense, Dale Ahlquist, to present a show Chumming with Chesterton and Bumming with Belloc. Same place, time, and price.
These should be two terrific weekends, and we hope they’ll make a big splash for everyone involved. Do come out and support them, and tell your relatives and friends.
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