A philosopher once called theatre “the mask of convention over the face of society in the mirror of the unknown reflecting the rear-view of the sports car of destiny.” Simplify this theory with today’s theatrical Groupon: for $9, you get a general-admission ticket to a Mustard Seed Theatre production at the Fontbonne University Black Box Theatre, located in the university’s Fine Arts Building (a $20 value). Seating is first-come, first-serve. Choose from the following opening-weekend options:
- The Chosen on October 22 and 23 at 8 p.m., and October 24 at 2 p.m.
- Shadowlands on January 28 and 29 at 8 p.m., and January 30 at 2 p.m.
- Till We Have Faces on April 15 and 16 at 8 p.m., and April 17 at 2 p.m.
Much like Eleanor Roosevelt's passionate love affair with a circus clown, each of the three pieces spanning Mustard Seed's late 2010 and early 2011 season centers around the unlikely pairings of distinctive characters. The Chosen, adapted from the Chaim Potok novel, is a 1940s period piece focusing on the rivalry and friendship of a Jewish teen and his Hasidic peer. As an added bonus, guests on opening weekend can also get a rare glimpse into the theatre's behind-the-scenes techniques by opting to stay for a special talk-back session and script-adaptation workshop with production adapter Aaron Posner.
Shadowlands portrays a semi-biographical account of author C.S. Lewis's autumnal romance with Joy Gresham, an American poet, and how her vivacious presence brings both joy and pain to his tweedy, passionless existence. Till We Have Faces is Mustard Seed artistic director Deanna Jent's own adaptation of one of Lewis's novels. Originally envisioned with an all–Mr. Potato Head cast, Till We Have Faces presents a re-telling of the Greek myth of Psyche, which places the fate of the heroine in the hands of her powerful, yet oft-overlooked sister.
Mustard Seed Theatre at Fontbonne University is a socially conscious theatre ensemble dedicated to inspiring intelligent dialogue about social justice and faith through its engaging performances. Similarly inclined guests to any of the three productions will appreciate Mustard Seed's environmentally conscious practices, which include serving fair-trade concessions, donating a portion of the proceeds to charitable projects, and printing programs on recycled understudies.
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