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Event

The Jewish Theatre of Bloomington’s 2017 season opens with Visions of Right, directed by Martha Jacobs, to be performed in the Ivy Tech Waldron’s Rose Firebay, two weekends, May 18-27. Written by Marcia Cebulska, in response to the hate ministry of the Westboro Baptist Church, Visions of Right not only has timely social and political implications relating to themes of homosexuality and anti-Semitism, but also has a strong local interest. The playwright, Marcia Cebulska lived and wrote in Bloomington for about 25 years and is well known in theatre circles here and in Indianapolis. She will be working closely with this production throughout the run and will be a talk back participant on May 18 and 27.

When Cebulska moved to Topeka, Kansas, she learned of the hate-mongering activities of the Westboro Baptist Church. She went undercover, attempting to discover the basis for the bigoted activities of the church. Visions of Right, fueled by her research, evolved into a fictionalized portrait of a fanatic preacher. Gay Bashing and anti-Semitism are brought to light in the play, which tells the story of photographer, Christina Romanek’s, head-to-head encounter with the preacher’s twisted view of what is right.

The cast includes IU theatre graduate students, both members of Actors’ Equity, Abby Lee and Chris Handley, IU undergraduate theatre major, Adam Decker, and well-known Bloomingotn actor, Gerard Pauwels.

Now more than ever, Visions of Right, shares an important message. As Marcia Cebulska wrote:
“Today, our headlines are filled with more and more incidents of hate speech and hate acts perpetrated by numerous sources in our private and public arenas. We can respond by running and hiding. We can respond by answering violence with more violence. Or, we can respond, with a little help from our friends, with acts of creativity and humor, unity and light.”

The Jewish Theatre is proud to present this relevant and far-reaching play, which highlights the prejudice and hatred against both the Jewish and Gay communities. Visions of Right premiered in Topeka by the Ad Astra Theatre Ensemble. The performance was widely praised by audience members, “This play is: intelligent, biting, funny, humanizing; excellent story and characters…timeless, seamless writing.” As other audience members wrote, “Very moving, as if through a lens to the soul,” and “Wonderful! A play that speaks to humanity.”

Performance dates for Visions of Right are May 18, 20, 25, and 27 at 7:30, and a 3:00 matinee on Sunday, the 21st, in the Ivy Tech Waldron’s Rose Firebay. Tickets are $20 and are available through the BCT box office in person (114 E Kirkwood Avenue) or online (www.buskirkchumley.org). Doors will open 30 minutes prior to show; metered parking and parking garage space is available downtown and across the street. For more information on the Jewish Theatre or on Visions of Right, please visit jewishtheatrebloomington.com or on Facebook: Jewish Theatre of Bloomington.

TIME: 7:30 p.m.

COST: $20

WHERE: Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center, 122 S. Walnut St., Bloomington. 812-330-4400; ww

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