Who would want to write a play on a 16th century religious reformer, you may ask. We did--two people who were profoundly affected by the grace and mercy of God in our own lives. Martin Luther spoke clearly and powerfully about the difference between a legalistic religious relationship with God and that of a Father and his dearly loved children. We had been on the same journey and loved the clear and powerful way that Luther explained the difference.
After researching and writing the play we had the opportunity to visit Luther's home, Wittenberg, Germany for weeks at a time on two different occasions. We walked the same streets, stayed in the seminary where he taught, sat in the pew of the church where he preached, toured the home he and Kate shared. We visited many of the significant places of the Reformation and got a flavor of the land, culture and life in that time. We have had the privilege of performing Martin and Kate for Lutheran scholars, many church group and even school children. It is one of the shows that has been requested over and over again the twenty-five years we have been touring.
The two person show called Martin & Kate is a look at the highlights of Martin Luther's life through the eyes of his beloved wife, Katherine Von Bora. Their relationship itself was revolutionary for it's time and the play reflects their love and respect for one another. Much of what the reformer himself says in the play are actual Luther quotes. The play shows the events of Martin Luther's life with the buoyancy, even levity, of hindsight; so although the things that happened were historic, weighty and painful Martin and Kate's perspective is joyful and free.
As Luther began to understand God's grace and love it changed a fearful, depressed religious man into a fearless, joyful child of God. This lead to this monk's defiance of the religious oppression of his day and to a reformation in the worldwide Church of Jesus Christ. If you know nothing of this influential man you will learn a lot. And if you already appreciate him you will see a portrayal that's true to the spirit of the man. If you don't like him... you may find you've fallen in love by the end of the evening.
On September 20, 2013 at 6:30pm we will hold our first formal Fundraising Dinner for City 616 : Angels on Elm St.
As you know, everything we do here at City 616/Peculiar People is either done by contribution only or as cheaply as we can price the tickets. We do this so that no one is excluded from our events for lack of funds. We host COMMUNITY events here which means we want the entire community to be able to come... not just those who can afford it.
As we have held these events and offered these dinners, concerts, movies and Grubs we find that we lose money on each event. This was fine for the first year or so, but we are now in our 5th year and our coffers have run very low. You might say our nonprofit is in a sequester! Or you might say that our nonprofit is TRULY non-profit!!!!!
Angels on Elm St. is your opportunity to help us through this time and set us up for a successful fall and beyond. This event will include a 4-course dinner with wine pairings. It will also include some of the best entertainment in the Greensboro area. We will have spoken word poetry, music, singing by a variety of performers and drama by Charlie & Ruth Jones. This promises to be a great event and lots of fun. You will also get an update on the latest happenings at City 616. Plus you will be given an opportunity to contribute even more tax-deductable dollars to a wonderful cause.
One more time... Why?
So glad you asked. Not only does City 616 need your partnership but you may not be aware of some of the things we do and the things we have planned. As you know, monthly we host a community dinner called Greensboro Grub. The Grub is one of the most unique events in state or even the nation. An evening of community with people from all walks of life, backgrounds, and beliefs. One Grub guest, on his first visit, nudged his partner and said, "This type of thing doesn't happen in Greensboro, NC - New York or San Francisco maybe... but not Greensboro." And it's true. The Grub is totally exceptional and extraordinary. This alone is worthy of much support to make sure it survives AND stays the same.
Another thing we do is sponsor concerts in our space. Musicians from all over the nation have been here to perform. We usually charge for these events but all the money collected is given to the artists involved. (We know what it is like to be "starving artists.")
For local artists we host an event called "Stew and Stories." This is where we have local artists in for a meal. After the meal we have a local historian tell us stories of Greensboro. The goal is to have the artists collaborate and in a few years we hope to offer a "Greensboro Celebration Weekend." Various artists of many mediums and disciplnes will make this a true celebration of where we are, where we live, work and make our home.
"Soup & Spirit" is our time for the community to come together for watching a movie!! We serve soups of various kinds and then settle in to watch a movie. After the movie we discuss the key points and the spiritual implications. It is a very deep and satisfying experience.
Not to mention the theatrical peformances put on throughout the year. Things like pilgrim, Victorian Christmas, and All That Jazz.
Again, for most of these events we charge nothing, just a suggested donation. We want the whole community able to attend. So we depend on others to help us out with the associated costs of these events.
Angels on Elm St. will commence on September 20th at 6:30 pm.
At our outrageous apartment at 614 S. Elm St. Greensboro, NC 27406
Tickets are $50 per person (remember this IS a fundraiser!!)
Come Eat, Enjoy and Help City 616 & Peculiar People
We are holding a special Grub this month to help City 616 recover from the Summer Blues!
This will be a formal evening of fundraising festivities! Charlie will serve a dinner of pan-Asian theme including Vietnamese salad wraps, his famous Thai coconut shrimp soup, a pork dish, Philippine chicken adobo with sides, and one of Ruth's delectable desserts. Drinks will be provided.
Some of City 616's favorite entertainers have been invited to perform, including Josephus, Marta Richardson, Charlie and Ruth Jones, an opera singer, a classical pianist, and more!
Plates will be $60 a plate, $100 for a couple. (A bit pricey but just think about how you will be helping us!!) While this is based on the usual Grub format, this will be a special evening featuring the performers and fellow diners. City 616 invite all who are interested to dress in Asian style and bring their fanciest joyous thoughts.