Cotton Patch Gospel | 2004




Cotton Patch Gospel
2004 Production of the NoneSuch Playmakers
Music, lyrics, score by Harry Chapin
Book by Tom Key and Russell Treyz
Directed by Brack Llewellyn | Musical Director Mark Pilson


Performance Dates & Location:

Fisher River Park
May 14-15, 2004: 7:30pm


The Show:

From guidetomusicaltheatre.com :

This "Greatest Story Ever Retold" is based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan in which the Gospel is presented in a setting of rural Georgia with country music songs, the final and perhaps best work of Harry Chapin. As this Gospel begins, they sing that "Somethin's a-brewin' in Gainesville."

Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. Drama critics loved this show and so did a broad spectrum of religious commentators. "A dream come true" wrote Contemporary Christian Music. "A breath of fresh air." Something good is happening. A reverential retelling of the book of Matthew.

It takes the Bible's passionate intensity and directness for contemporary meaning into the popular vein without diluting it.

The Cast:

Front row:
Carrie Parker
Matthew Hager
Pam Parker
Sandra Douglas

Back row:
Brack Llewellyn
Mitch Williams
Susie Giles
Allen Nichols
Mark Pilson
Linda Janca

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