The greatest story ever retold is based on Tom Key’s and Russell Treyz’ book “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan” in which the Gospel is presented in rural Georgia with country music songs. “Cotton Patch Gospel” is the final and perhaps best work of musician/lyricist Harry Chapin. As this Gospel begins, the cast sings about “Somethin’s a-brewin’ in Gainesville.” Herod is the mayor of Atlanta and, inevitably, Christ is lynched by local thugs only to rise again. Drama critics loved this show and so did a broad spectrum of religious commentators.
Now Sutter Street Theater brings this uplifting musical to Folsom. The local production is directed by David MacDonald, with musical direction by John Wilder and choreography by Sara Rewinkle.
“Cotton Patch Gospel” opens at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22, with a reception following the show featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages. The play continues on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. through April 14. Tickets are $23 general, $21 seniors, $18 students with an ID Card, and $15 children 12 and younger.
Purchase tickets by calling 916-353-1001 or visiting SutterStreetTheatre.com. Sutter Street Theatre is located at 717 Sutter St. in historic Folsom.