"Hands of the Spirit"

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In a Nutshell

After a divine vision, a humble farmer turns to writing and painting enigmatic works that end up landing in collections around the world

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Expiration varies. Limit 5 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue Box Office. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at Muse Arts Warehouse. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Savannah Community Theatre's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30mins before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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The Deal

  • $20 for two to see Savannah Community Theatre’s production of Hands of the Spirit (a $40 value)
  • Where: Muse Arts Warehouse
  • Seating: General admission
  • Door time: 30 minutes before each performance
  • Ticket values include all fees.
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Hands of the Spirit

Born in 1908, J.B. Murray lived the majority of his life as a simple farmer. However, when he was in his early 70s, Murray had what he believed to be a vision from God, commanding him to pass along a message to the world. “He was not theological,” states his physician and close friend, Dr. Henry Rawlings. “He focused on the dichotomy between good and evil.”

Unable to read and untrained in art, Murray nevertheless produced two books and a staggering output of paintings, populated mainly by otherworldly figures and abstract symbols. Within a decade, his works would find their way into art collections around the world. In Hands of the Spirit, a musical interpretation of Murray’s life, Mary Padgelek explores the folk artist’s divine inspiration and his ceaseless need to create. An amazing series of videos, slides, and footage of J.B. at work serve as the canvas for Murray’s works, bringing to life his enigmatic pieces and Brushy, his wisecracking paintbrush sidekick.

Savannah Community Theatre

Anyone active in Savannah’s theatre community in the 70s and 80s would likely have encountered Tom Coleman III, a director who began his career at the Savannah Young People’s Theatre. He produced and directed more than 200 shows in the ensuing 35 years, culminating in the founding of the Savannah Community Theatre. The company often produces shows by local playwrights, along with a weekly, pirate-themed murder mystery dinner show.

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