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This Saturday: "Upon This Rock"

James Sherman, Librarian, Literature & Fiction Department,
Man in Robe
Michael White's "Upon this Rock"

As award-winning author Marilynne Robinson noted in her New York Times Essay “The Book of Books: What Literature Owes the Bible”:  “The Bible is the model for and subject of more art and thought than those of us who live within its influence, consciously or unconsciously, will ever know.”  The Bible and the stories within have long been a wellspring for artists working in all media, and the world of theatre and drama is by no means an exception, from the N-Town Plays of Medieval England to Oscar Wilde’s Salome.

This Saturday, August 29, 2015, from  2:00pm to 4:30pm at Central Library’s Mark Taper Auditorium, The Literature and Fiction Department presents the World Premiere of Michael White's Upon This Rock.  This one-man show chronicles the dramatic and humorous adventures of the Apostle Simon Peter: his meeting with Jesus, his sincere but bumbling efforts to be a worthy disciple, and all the events that ultimately lead up to his transformation into the leader of Jesus’ new Church.
Michael White has long been interested in the story of Peter: “I suppose I’m just perverse enough a Christian to see tremendous humor and irony when I read the Gospels and reflect on them in light of the human condition. I couldn’t help but laugh at the bumbling, but sincere Peter.”   In the plight of the unprepared everyman thrust into the spotlight, White finds the opportunity for a rich dramatic portrayal:

     “Rarely has a man as inept, ill-suited and unqualified for leadership been summoned to the forefront and had the mantle placed upon his shoulders. For a simple, pre-Pentecost fisherman, trying to understand and measure up to the expectations of the Anointed One of Israel had to be a daunting task. Hopefully for Christians and non-Christians alike, the play will prove an interesting and humorous examination of what happens when the all-too-human bumps headlong into The Divine.”

This is a FREE EVENT. However, reservations are strongly suggested. CLICK HERE to reserve and download your general admission tickets. Seating is open, so plan to arrive early for the best possible seats. Tickets guarantee admission only until 1:50 p.m. After that, if there is a waiting list or overflow crowd, those people will be allowed to take any available seats.