Bethany Theatre adds new show for Messiah Festival

Due to unforeseen difficulties, Bethany’s Messiah Theatre Festival will replace one play scheduled for the April 3 performances.

Director Carl Isaacson reported today that “The Confrontation” will replace the previously scheduled Michele de Ghelderode’s “The Blind Men.” “We had more troubles with the de Ghelderode piece than any director could have anticipated. It was clear that it would not be of the quality we’ve come to expect in the Messiah Festival.”

Instead, Isaacson will reprise a role and a production he created almost 20 years ago. “The Confrontation” tells the story of a late middle aged Isaac. In the play, Isaac comes to see his psychiatrist to end the nightmares that have plagued him since his childhood. On this day, despite all his stalling and evasion, Isaac makes a breakthrough.

Isaacson wrote this piece as part of a cycle of plays based on the patriarchal stories from Genesis. Titled “The Patriarchs Were Never Like This,” the play cycle retells the stories of Adam and Eve leaving the garden of Eden, Abraham and Sarah being visited by an angel, and Jacob wrestling at the ford of the Jabbok, in addition to the piece about Isaac and his psychiatrist. Senior Gabe Moore, Oberlin, Kan., will play the part of the psychiatrist.

The previously announced Wolf Mankowitz drama, “It Should Happen to a Dog” will be performed as scheduled.

Performances will be at 2 and 7:30 pm in the Burnett Center on April 3. The performances are free and open to the public.

Bethany’s 2010 Messiah Festival of the Arts includes the 129th consecutive annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” by the Bethany Oratorio Society, held March 28 and April 4 at 3 p.m. in Presser Hall. The Bethany Oratorio Society will perform Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” April 2 at 7:30 p.m. A full schedule of Messiah Festival art exhibitions, theatre performances and ensemble concerts is available at www.bethanylb.edu/messiah.

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