Two-time Tony nominee André De Shields plays the title character in the Chicago Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James directed by Chuck Smith. The Gospel According to James runs May 14-June 12, 2011 at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park. Opening night is set for May 18, 2011.Last November, the trio collaborated on Charles Smith’s critically acclaimed New York production of Knock Me A Kiss, directed by Chuck Smith, with De Shields as W.E.B. Du Bois, at the Abrons Arts Center, a co-production of Legacy Creative Arts Company and Woodie King Jr.’s New Federal Theatre.
The Victory Gardens production of The Gospel According to James, follows the well-received world premiere, which was commissioned by Indiana Repertory Theatre and presented by Bingham McHale from March 22-April 10, 2011.
The double lynching immortalized by the iconic Lawrence Beitler photograph served as playwright Charles Smith’s inspiration for The Gospel According to James. Set in 1930 in Marion, Indiana, five young people are eager to break out of their small town. They need a car. They have a gun. The play creates a fictional meeting between James Cameron (De Shields) who survived the lynching and Mary Ball, the only woman with them that night. Years later, contradictory memories are all that’s left of their grand plans. As The Gospel According to James dramatizes the events leading up to the crime, it also explores how unreliable personal memory underlies what we believe to be an immutable public history.
Helmed by Chuck Smith, the cast also features Kelsey Brennan (Mary), Wardell Julius Clark (Tommy Shipp), Zach Kenney (Claude), Linda Kimbrough (Marie), Diane Kondrat (Bea Ball), Christopher Jon Martin (Hoot Ball), Anthony Peeples (Apples), Tyler Jacob Rollinson (Abe Smith) and Nick Vidal (Claude).
The production team for The Gospel According to James includes scenic design by Linda Buchanan, costume design by Rachel Healey, lighting design by Kathy Perkins, compositions and sound design by Ray Nardelli.
Tuesdays: 7:30 pm (except, no show on May 31)
Wednesdays: 2:00 pm (June 1 ONLY), 7:30 pm
Thursdays: 7:30 pm
Fridays: 7:30 pm (with 6pm Happy Hour on June 3)
Saturdays: 4:00 pm (except May 14), 7:30 pm
Sundays: 3:00 pm
Victory Gardens Biograph Theater is located at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue in Lincoln Park. Tickets during previews are $20-$40, and $20-$50 during the regular run. The Box Office is located at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago. Call 773.871.3000, online at victorygardens.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Gospel According to James Reviews and Articles:
examiner.com: Review-The Gospel According to James
examiner.com:The Gospel According to James Slideshow
stagewrite.com: The Gospel According to James
indytheatrehabit.com: Theatre Review: “The Gospel According to James” at the Indiana Repertory Theatre
nuvo.net: Review: IRT’s ‘Gospel According to James’
INDIANAPOLIS RECORDER: Whose ‘gospel’ you gonna believe?
Broadwayworld.com: Victory Gardens Presents The Gospel According to James 5/14-6/12
Indystar.com: ‘Gospel’ looks at lynchings from 2 characters’ views
indystar.com: IRT premieres play that shows contradictions in Marion lynching
From the Danner Lounge with Andre De Shields
playbill.com: André De Shields Stars in World Premiere of Fact-Based Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep
theatermania: Andre De Shields to Star in The Gospel According To James at Indiana Repertory Theatre
ibj.com: The Gospel According to James
broadwayworld.com: De Shields Headlines THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JAMES at Indiana Repertory
Timessquaregossip.com: The Gospel According to James to Debut
Playbill.com: André De Shields Will Star in World Premiere Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep
theatermania.com: Andre De Shields to Star in The Gospel According To James at Indiana Repertory Theatre
André De Shields Set for World Premiere of Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James at Indiana Rep, 3/22-4/10
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