Thursday, July 22, 2010

Jul 23 | Karyn Guenther | Roots Among the Rocks

If you've seen a TWU show in the past couple years, you've noticed Karyn Guenther, a real presence onstage. This summer she's been on the road, from one end of Canada to the other, making theatre. Here's what she writes...

Roots Among the Rocks (the touring show I'm in this summer) is coming to Vancouver on Friday, July 23 and I would love for you all to come our show. For those of you who don't know what this project is, I will explain.

5 actors and 2 directors went out and interviewed around 70 people from all walks of life. The youngest person was 9 years old and the oldest person was 92, and everything in between. We asked them about God, faith experiences, stories from their lives and anything else they were willing to tell us.

On May 4th we met for the first time as a company and shared stories, ideas, thoughts and began our creative process. We wrote, explored, and played for a month and then we were off on the road with a show.

I am so very excited to share this work and I would be so happy to see you there.

Roots Among the Rocks
Friday, July 23 | 7:30 pm

Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 2L1
604 682-3848

Tickets: $5 for youth and $10 for adults. We think anyone age 12 and over will enjoy it.

Roots Among the Rocks seeks to share stories from the people who make up the church in Canada. Based on interviews with Christians from coast to coast, the show brings the Body of Christ home to itself, and asks the question: Who is Church? Characters tell their stories around a kitchen table, friends whisper is church pews, some choose to leave and others choose to stay. Music, poetry, dance and drama combine to explore just what it is that brings us together. Journeying through the themes of Sunday Morning, Identity Crisis, Resilience and Grace, Confession and Absolution, and Finding Home, come hear the stories and meet the characters that make up the church we call home.

Warning: Roots Among the Rocks is a show written for the whole church. In it, the cast confronts issues of identity, community, trust, and forgiveness. It does not contain: violence, swearing, nudity, smoke effects, reality TV hosts, strobe lighting, an obligatory kiss scene, or robots. It does contain: confession, dance, poetry, drug addiction, humour, cancer, biblical stories, St. Augustine, an irreverent tribute to Sunday morning worship, human sexuality, rocks, prayers, hopes, dreams and rap.

Our play does not have a linear plot. It is a series of moments, connected through prayer, music and movement. There are two major components to our show: monologues, based on interviews, and scenes, based on big questions we want to ask of the church.

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