Monday, March 19, 2018

UPCOMING: MUSICAL: Last Chance! See Avant Bard's production of the Legendary Gospel Musical "The Gospel at Colonus" by donation/ Pay-What-You-Will this THURS, March 22 at 7:30pm and SAT, March 24 at 2:00pm at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA

Avant Bard brings back the legendary gospel musical The Gospel at Colonus for a second run!(see video clip)
by donation/PWYW so you name your price at the door* Regular admission $30 on Friday, $35 for Saturday night & Sunday shows
Pay-What-You-Will shows every Thursday night at 7:30pm  and every Saturday afternoon at 2:00pm  throughout the run! See calendar below.

Please Note: The number of seats available day of the show will vary based on how many are sold online. If you want to ensure a seat it is recommended that you purchase a PWYW ticket online with a $10 minimum donation here.

Last Chance! Just two remaining PWYW shows
  • Thursday, March 22 at 7:30pm - final Thursday night PWYW show
  • Saturday, March 24 at 2:00pm - final PWYW show
"Makes you want to rise and clap along!" --The Washington Post

Avant Bard proudly revives its acclaimed production of The Gospel at Colonus, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Unlike some other productions of the show, which had a megachurch setting, the Avant Bard production will evoke a sacred site that draws from and honors the Greek and African roots of the source material.

A sold-out hit last season, the show transforms Sophocles' timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is needed now more than ever. With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge.

Director Sandra L. Holloway, who choreographed The Gospel at Colonus last season, will restage the show based on original direction by Jennifer L. Nelson. Musical direction will again be by e'Marcus Harper-Short (Musical Director of Theater Alliance's acclaimed Black Nativity). Avant Bard also welcomes back collaborating producers Minister Becky Sanders and The Women's Ecumenical Choir, which will have a more prominent role in the production this year.

The original cast of the 2017 production, shown singing in the video clip linked to above, has been nominated for a Helen Hayes Award in the "Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical - Helen" category!  Well-known gospel recording artist Kenton Rogers has joined the cast! An actor, singer, and ordained preacher, Rogers headlines The Gospel at Colonus in the role of Singer Oedipus along with local civic legend William T. Newman Jr., who returns as Preacher Oedipus. The remount will feature three other new cast members: Ayana Reed, Jessa Marie Coleman, and Gregory Wright.

With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge. This musical was a global sensation when it premiered in 1983. The story combines Greek tragedy and African American heritage. The score is an inspiring fusion of Black church gospel with elements of blues and Motown. Written by Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, The Gospel at Colonus was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for Best Drama in 1985 and won the Obie for Best Musical in 1984.

*Note that the number of seats available at each show will vary based on how many people reserved tickets online in advance so you'll want to get there about 30 minutes early to get your ticket. All ages welcome, Recommended for ages 14 and up, performance is about 90 minutes, no intermission 

The show runs Thursday, February 22 - Sunday, March 25 with PWYW performances on Thursday, February 22, Friday, February 23, Saturday, February 24 and Monday, February 27 at 7:30pm as well as all Thursday evening 7:30pm shows and Saturday matinees at 2:00pm, Check out this short video to get a sense of some of the music you will here. again this time around! 

Gunston Arts Center, Theatre Two
2700 South Lang St - Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride.  You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there if that makes more sense, see promotions for new users at the bottom of this post. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available. 

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