If you go
› What: “The Amish Project”
› Where: Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St.
› When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20
› Admission: By donation
› For more information: 423-267-8534
On Oct. 2, 2006, a man walked into a one-room Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pa., and opened fire, killing five girls and himself. Later that same day, in an act that shocked the world, the Amish community forgave the gunman, offered aid to his grieving widow and displayed unprecedented forgiveness and compassion.
The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will present a one-woman show inspired by that event, "The Amish Project," for one performance only on Sunday, May 20, at 2:30 p.m.
The production, which features an unforgettable performance by award-winning actress Katherine Michelle Tanner, deals with the world of the Amish and the ultimate limits of forgiveness.
"Every day is the right day to tell a story about forgiveness and healing," says Todd Olson, CTC executive director.
The Theatre Centre is presenting "The Amish Project" as a public service to the community, and the admission price reflects that intent.
"We feel so strongly about this story and its message," says Olson, "that admission will be on a pay-what-you-can basis. Patrons can attend for literally any price. This profound play is something for the ages, and our objective is to make the play accessible to everyone in the community."
Though it's a one-woman play, Tanner plays seven characters who were all touched by the events. BroadwayWorld.com described Tanner's performance as "simply captivating. She transforms magically into each character, without a moment of hesitation. This is true artistry of a multitalented stage veteran. Miss Tanner gives a riveting, unforgettable performance, unlike any I have seen in years. Spellbinding!"
Tickets are on sale at the Theatre Centre box office, 400 River St., Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or call 423-267-8534 or visit TheatreCentre.com.