Theatre for All to Enjoy
Classically trained actor Ashley Strand brings the extraordinary language of the King James Bible to life by performing the Gospel According to Mark as a one-person play. This text demands a performance as dynamic as the story it conveys. The King James Bible was written to be spoken. Experience the Gospel According to Mark the way it was intended to be heard, in its entirety. King James Live is for anyone who loves language, literature, theatre, or scripture.
THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MARK
July 9, 2018
St. Jude Metropolitan Community Church, Wilmington, NC
August 11, 2018
Old Books on Front Street, Wilmington, NC
There are few events that have been a greater honor to host at Old Books on Front St. than King James Live’s presentation of Ashley Strand performing The Gospel According to Mark. Mr. Strand’s experiential reading of Mark is incredibly moving not only as a performance of a piece of literature and as a collective experience of the life of Christ, but also as a personal connection with the intangible experience that brings art to life. As a venue we were thrilled at the range of people who sought out and attended the event. But even more so, the discussion and engagement with the material that Mr. Strand’s performance inspired was exactly what we hope our programing accomplishes. Mr. Strand brings the Gospel to life in a compelling two hours that can take months, if not a lifetime, to fully process and understand. As a performance it transcends connection in any casual sense.
-- Gwenyfar Rohler: Owner, Old Books, Wilmington, NC
St. Jude's MCC was delighted to host King James Live for the premier reading of the gospel performed by Shakespearean actor Ashley Strand. What a delight this was for those of us who know the gospel, but rarely, if ever, have experienced the story as one act, from beginning to end. The Gospel of Mark was brought to life in a unique way.
-- John McLaughlin: Pastor, St. Jude’s Metropolitan of Wilmington, NC