| Spring Play Brings “A Joyful Explosion
of Shaker Music
IF ANGELS SHOULD choose to visit, would they choose to visit
your town, your church … you?
It’s an intriguing question — and one raised by Seattle
Pacific University’s spring Mainstage Theatre production of As
It Is in Heaven by Arlene Hutton. Set in a Shaker village in
the 1830s, this is a moving drama about the struggle to find true
The members of the religious community are forced to re-examine
their faith and daily life when an outsider begins to see visions.
“It’s a new work that is a joyful explosion of Shaker
music and dance,” says director and veteran Professor of Theatre
George Scranton. “The set is minimal to match the ‘simplicity’ of
the Shakers in their focus and style.” The all-female cast
remains on stage the entire time (except for one intermission), its
as a community of actors mirroring the life of a community of worshippers.
Hutton, a New York director and playwright, based the play on the
real-life communal activities of a group of nearly 600 Shakers who
lived at Pleasant Hill, Kentucky, in the early 19th century. This
is the Northwest premiere of her just-published work.
“It’s a positive, up-lifting and fun play to do,” says Scranton, “and it raises
some interesting issues with which Christians deal today. What happens when
new things occur that upset the equilibrium of a tight-knit religious community,
especially when those things come not through the leadership, but through the
As It Is in Heaven opened April 24–26 and continues May 1–3
Pacific’s E.E. Bach Theatre.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the Fine
Arts Box Office at 206/281-2959.
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