Daily Journal Friday, Jan.12, 2001
Sherrill brings one-man show to Alley Stage
Dani R. Bellflower
Daily Journal Staff Writer
actors have the courage or the talent to attempt a one-person
performance, but Brad Sherrill plans to use the opportunity to
go back to the basics of gospel.
"Gospel of John" will be showing on the Alley Stage at the Theatre
on the Square from Tuesday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 4. Performances
are Tuesdays through Sundays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10 to $15.
the New International Version translation, Sherrill plans to narrate
the entire fourth synoptic gospel.
Gospels initially, of course, were intended to be heard, not read.
I find it thrilling that, as an actor playing out this material,
I find myself in a long line of the great oral tradition ó a cultureís
collective stories and myths spoken out to the community," said
Sherrill of Chamblee. "This is how John is meant to be heard."
a simple set of a table, chair, an oil lamp and a basin, Sherrill
plans to breath new life into the scriptures.
audience will hear the gospel in a new way," he said. "People
bring their own commitment of the gospel to the theater. And then
to have it come alive is extraordinary for them and me. Itís really
a shared community experience."
finished memorizing the fourth book of the Bible in May 1999,
which took four months. He now rehearses every other day to keep
the text fresh in his mind.
is a lot of time and commitment and dedication involved in memorizing
more than 20,000 words," he said. "It really has to mean something
Sherrill has performed the production at Brookhaven Christian
Church and Chamblee First United Methodist, it will be the first
time at the Theatre on the Square.
a terrific group and the space itself is wonderful," he said.
"Itís kind of like home to me."
a 30-year member of Chamblee First United Methodist Church, began
his acting career in Atlanta in 1983 and has since performed at
the Alliance Theatre, Theater on the Square, Theatre Emory, Georgia
Ensemble Theatre, Horizon Theater and the Georgia Shakespeare
has performed in such productions as "The Heidi Chronicles," "Henry
IV," "A Winterís Tale," "The Heiress" and "The Grapes of Wrath."
Theatre in the Square is located at 11 Whitlock Ave. in Marietta.
Call (770) 422-8369 or log onto www.theatreinthe-square.com.