February 20 – March 15, 2015 at the West End Theater
Fridays at 8, Saturdays at 3 and 8, Sundays at 7pm
When the Rev. K. Karpen offered some background about the United Methodist Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew to members of its new resident theater company, he described it as the church of why not.â€
In some churches, he told them, people suggest trying something new and others immediately respond with all the reasons why it can’t be done. I was sharing that my experience here was the opposite,â€ he recalled. When people have a heart for doing something, people here are very supportive.â€
The Church of Why Not is a new play exploring The Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew, where Methodists, Ethiopian Evangelicals, Conservative Jews, and LGBT Christian Latinos share space with recovery programs, tutoring, activist organizations, a homeless shelter, and a youth band, Pilates classes and a food pantry that feeds thousands.
The play premieres this February in the place that inspired it, the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew. Featuring a cast of 18, The Church of Why Not tells the stories of believers and skeptics, the well-heeled and the homeless, activists and addicts. Some need food, some crave connection, and others need help â€” with taxes, guitar chords, a Bar Mitzvah. At times funny, at times heartbreaking, The Church of Why Not celebrates both our spiritual diversity and our common humanity.
- The play was reviewed and more details were written up in the United Methodist News website.
- Overview from the New York Times.
- More details and video on Theater 167’s website.
The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew is not responsibility for the contents of this production.