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San Francisco — By kleland on April 9, 2010 at 10:39 am
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Final Weekend For Marcus Gardley’s New Play

After five years in development, and a passionate dedication to advancing Marcus Gardley’s new play …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi, The Playwrights Foundation and The Cutting Ball Theater’s co-production is selling out.  The play which runs through this Sunday April 11th is a hit with the critics and audiences.

Set on the banks of the Mississippi during the Civil War, …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi is a poetic journey of forgiveness and redemption inspired by the myth of Demeter and Persephone. This thought-provoking play combines traditional storytelling, gospel music, and a wicked sense of humor to create a rich, imaginative world that allows trees to preach, rivers to waltz, and Jesus to moonwalk.

“When you go to see [the play]—which you should—it feels like what you’re witnessing is not just a fascinating new play, but an important one …Suffused with metaphor and mixed mythology, it’s more challenging than your average new play, and it’s a challenge that’s richly rewarded in the Cutting Ball Theater and Playwrights Foundation co-production…”
– Sam Hurwitt
Critic, Marin Independit Journal

“In this inspired poetical-historical counter-narrative …Greek mythology, African American folklore, personal family history, and Christian theology are all drawn irresistibly along in a great sweep of wild and incisive humor, passion, pathos and rousing gospel music as buoyant and wide as the Mississippi… a work both magnificently simple and eloquently evocative.” – Robert Avila
San Francisco Bay Guardian

Full details and tickets can be found at www.cuttingball.com or by calling 800-838-3006.

Photo courtesy of The Playwrights Foundation

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