A Theatrical Revival at Bread for the World’s 2013 National Gathering
Washington, DC, May 2, 2013
Bread for the World will kick off its 2013 National Gathering next month with a revival of Lazarus: The Musical, based on the New Testament parable featured in Luke 16:19-31. The new arrangement of Lazarus will premiere on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 7 p.m. at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C.
“Lazarus is more than just the re-enactment of a story,” said Bishop Don Williams, associate for African-American church relations at Bread for the World and co-producer of the musical. “It is an expression of hunger in our world and an opportunity for all of us to renew our faith and determination to end this injustice.”
Lazarus brings to life the story of a rich man and a beggar, highlighting how extreme wealth and poverty rub against each other. With 16 original songs, Lazarus challenges audiences through plot twists that evoke new perspectives on hunger.
The musical was originally composed for Bread for the World in the mid 1980s by Rev. Joel Underwood, with music arranged by Louise F. Carlson and Sam V. Nickels. For its 2013 revival, noted musical director Dr. Bill Cummings composed exciting new arrangements. The 2013 musical and production team also includes Emmy Award-winning producer and composer Rickey Payton; Glenn Pearson, musical director; April Carter, stage manager; and Felicia Kessel Crawley, vocal director and co-producer.
“Bringing Lazarus back with a new and diverse cast will add a fresh voice to our ongoing fight to end hunger,” added Williams. “In the words of Jesus, as sung during one of the musical numbers, ‘If we have the faith of a grain of mustard seed, we can move mountains, we can work miracles … we can feed the hungry.’”
Directors will hold an open dress rehearsal at noon on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Heritage Fellowship Church, 2501 Fox Mill Road, Reston, Va. The June 8 stage performance at the Mead Center in Washington, D.C. is free and open to the public, though donations are welcome. Those interested must secure a general admission pass online. For more information about Lazarus, please visit www.bread.org/event/gathering-2013/lazarus.html.
In addition to Lazarus, Bread for the World’s 2013 National Gathering also features renowned preachers, government officials, members of Congress, and development and nutrition experts. Speakers will lead worship, deliver legislative background, and engage participants in anti-hunger advocacy. To register or learn more about the Gathering, taking place June 8-11 in Washington, D.C., please visit www.bread.org/gathering.
Bread for the World (www.bread.org) is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging our nation's decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad.
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