Multiple programs at Hope College are co-sponsoring a one-woman, spoken-word performance of “The Gospel of John” on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m. in the Fried-Hemenway Auditorium of the Martha Miller Center for Global Communication.
The public is invited. Admission is free.
The guest production represents the continuation of an artistic partnership that began with two of the Department of Theatre’s graduates, Kelsey Cratty and Elizabeth (Dwyer) Champion, during the 2012 spring semester of their senior year at Hope. At that time, they produced an independent senior production of “Juliet,” a one-woman play by Romanian playwright Andras Visky. In monologue form, Visky dramatizes his mother’s survival with her seven young children in a Romanian gulag during the 1960s while her husband, a pastor in the Hungarian Reformed Church, is imprisoned elsewhere.
Now, five years later, they have re-joined artistic forces to form a theatre company, Unbroken Bones, and are touring “The Gospel of John” as their inaugural production. As the sole actor in the piece, Cratty has committed the entire gospel to memory, again under Champion’s direction. Another alumna of the Department of Theatre, MacKenzie (Anderson) Lakatos, a 2013 graduate, is the scenic designer and local stage manager for the production.
Cratty has also spent the last three years serving The Micah Project, a mission project in Honduras. While in residency at the college for the production, she will not only perform “The Gospel of John” and hold discussions after both performances but also share lunch with students to speak about her experiences in Honduras as well as her return to an artistic process in building “The Gospel of John.” She will also be available to attend classes and other student-based forums to discuss her work further.
The performances are presented by the college’s Department of Theatre, in co-sponsorship with the Department of Religion, the Center for Ministry Studies, Campus Ministries and the Cultural Affairs Committee. More information about the production is available at gospelofjohntour.com.
The Martha Miller Center for Global Communication is located at 257 Columbia Ave., at the corner of Columbia Avenue and 10th Street.