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The Amish Project deemed ‘extraordinary’ and ‘compelling’ and ‘thought-provoking’

Darla Shelden Story by on April 8, 2015 . Click on author name to view all articles by this author. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.
April 10, 11 and 12, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) presents “The Amish Project,” with Katherine Michelle Tanner. Photo provided.

April 10, 11 and 12, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre (CityRep) presents “The Amish Project,” with Katherine Michelle Tanner. Photo provided.

Staff Report

CityRep, the Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre, will present the regional premiere of the highly acclaimed Off-Broadway drama, “The Amish Project.” The play is described by CityRep staff as a “profoundly moving, thought-provoking and beautiful one-woman tour-de-force performance” which compels viewers “to examine the path we take at the crossroads of grief, tragedy, and clemency.”

Inspired by the 2006 school shootings in Nickel Mines, PA, this thinly-veiled fictional account of a real-life tragedy gives a glimpse into the world of Amish culture, exploring the mystery and quiet power of compassion, faith and forgiveness.

CityRep presents this drama in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the Murrah Federal Building bombing, as both a memorial and an exploration of one of the darkest moments in our community’s history and the path taken since.

The New York Times calls the story, “Extraordinary….compelling…the play is a remarkable piece of writing.” NYTheatre.com said, “The Amish Project is thought-provoking, compelling theatre. …”

Featured in this production is Katherine Michelle Tanner, in her CityRep Debut. The production is directed by Todd Olson, Set Design by Donald Jordan, Costume Design by Saideh Ben Judah, Lighting Design by Scott Hynes, Sound Design by Todd Olson, Properties Design by Suzette Collins. Production Stage Manager is Steve Emerson.

“The Amish Project” will be presented in the Freede Little Theatre at The Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102. The show contains adult themes, and is suggested for mature audiences.

Tickets are $8 for students, teachers and military personnel (with ID), $20 (groups of eight or more), $30 (matinees) and $35 (evening performances), and may be purchased by calling the Civic Center Box Office at 405-297-2264 or tickets may be purchased online at cityrep.com.

CityRep Season Sponsors include the Oklahoma Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Richard P. Dulaney Foundation, the Chickasaw Nation, The Grandison Inn, The Oklahoman, Cox Media and The City Sentinel.

The preview performance is Friday, April 10, at 7:30pm Preview Performance, followed by Saturday, April 11 performances at 1:30 p.m. (Preview Matinee), and Opening Night at 7:30 p.m. closing performance for this special show is Sunday April 11, at 1:30 p.m.

CityRep (Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre), under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director Donald Jordan, is an award-winning Equity small professional theatre, the first theatre in city history to earn membership in the Theatre Communications Group, the national association of leading professional regional theatres.

CityRep has been recognized for artistic excellence, leadership and community service by the American Theatre Wing, Actors’ Equity Association, The Oklahoma State Arts Council, Governor Mary Fallin and Mayor Mick Cornett.

CityRep serves Oklahoma’s diverse artistic, educational and civic needs by providing dynamic professional theatre. Its declared vision is “to be a vibrant regional theater that is vital to the cultural, educational and economic life of Oklahoma.”

Visit cityrep.com or call 405-848-3761.

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