Fighting Local Hunger with “The Cotton Patch Gospel”
The Off-Broadway musical, “The Cotton Patch Gospel” is going way off-Broadway to Lima, OH. The purpose is to raise money for local, national and international programs that help fight hunger. This show will be presented on Friday, January 18 at 7pm at Our Daily Bread, 125 South Central Ave. A freewill offering will be taken, with 100% of the funds raised go directly to fight hunger.
“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, Georgia 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 over 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. The Meeting Place on Market will be providing desserts and coffee for the event.
The show is even more enjoyable knowing that 100% of the proceeds go to fight hunger locally, nationally and globally. 50% of all proceeds stay right here and supports Our Daily BreadSoup Kitchen, an organization that serves an average of 3,411 meals per month to those living in poverty and hardship in Lima/Allen County. 25% goes to WHY Hunger (an organization founded by Harry Chapin and New York radio host & Catholic philanthropist, Bill Ayres – www.whyhunger.org ) and 25% to Mennonite Central Committee food program (www.mcc.org ). Thus far, Phil has taken his one-man show on the road for hunger, raising over $65,600 in its first 61 shows.
See www.cpgfoodproject.org for current information about Phil’s efforts and http://greatlakes.mcc.org/stories/news/toe-tapping-way-address-hunger for a review of his show with Harry’s daughter Jen Chapin. Why Hunger lists Phil and his show along with artists like Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, and Chicago in their efforts to fight hunger. http://www.whyhunger.org/aahp
Visit Facebook: Cotton Patch Gospel Food Project or www.cpgfoodproject.org
For more info, contact Wendy Chappell-Dick at 419-303-9769