PRINCETON — Phil Kaufmann will be performing “The Cotton Patch Gospel” at the Festival 56-Grace Performing Arts Center and the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church in Princeton. The purpose is to raise money for local, national and international programs that help fight hunger.
Shows will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Grace Performing Arts Center and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at the Hampshire Colony Congregational Church. The suggested admission is $10, and a freewill offering will be accepted.
Thanks to generous, local support, 100 percent of the funds raised go directly to fight hunger through the following organizations: FARM STEW (farmstew.org), Hungry World Farm (hungryworldfarm.com) and Why Hunger (whyhunger.org).
Tickets are available at Central Bank, 317 S. Main St., Princeton, or online at www.farmstew.org/news/events.
“The Cotton Patch Gospel” is a musical, written by Tom Key and Russel Trez, featuring the music of singer/songwriter Harry Chapin. The story, inspired by Koinonia farms founder Clarence Jordan’s translations of the Gospels, imagines what it would be like if Jesus were born in Gainesville, Ga., in the 20th century. Those old Bible stories take on a new twist as Mary Hagler and Joe Davidson raise a most miraculous human.
What makes this “The Cotton Patch Gospel” truly unique, is the “one man” performance by native Illinoisan, Phillip Kaufmann. With permission from the Chapin family, and through the use of audio and video technology, Phillip portrays more than 20 characters, plays 11 musical instruments and sings his own backup vocals. His performance, combined with an excellent script, makes this a performance that you don’t want to miss.
Kaufmann has performed the show more than 120 times in 12 states — in schools, auditoriums, theaters, tents and churches of 12 different denominations, raising more than $125,000 to fight hunger.