Emerald Coast Theatre Company continues its fifth anniversary season with the gripping one-woman docudrama The Amish Project Jan. 18-28 at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.
Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness.
Praised by The New York Times as “extraordinary,” this tour-de-force features a single actress playing a host of characters in an Amish community devastated by a terrible tragedy.
Nathanael Fisher directs, and the show stars Kristin Devine, who appeared on ECTC’s stage last fall in Constellations. Her other credits include A Chorus Line, Gypsy, The Drowsy Chaperone with Pat Sajak at Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Henry V at Delaware Shakespeare, My Fair Lady with the Quintessence Theatre Group, and Love’s Labour’s Lost.
Set and lighting design is by Cory Tucker, with costume design by Anna Fisher and stage management by Bridgett Bryant.
“As a community, I feel that it is imperative to take a moment and consider what so many other communities have had to face. We consider the challenges and, more importantly, we consider what recovery looks like,” says Mr. Fisher.
The show opens Thursday, Jan. 18. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees Jan. 21 and 28. Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20 for students. Due to mature content, this production is appropriate for ages 13 and up.
Theater patrons are encouraged to come early (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) to browse artwork by local artists showcased in the ECTC Lobby Gallery curated by Lori Drew, founder of Lowkylzart. A portion of proceeds from each sale benefits ECTC and its education outreach and scholarship programs.
This is the third offering of the 2017-18 season, which continues with A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy Sylvia Feb. 15-March 4.
To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer, or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call 850-684-0323, or visit EmeraldCoastTheatre.org.
– Zandra Wolfgram
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