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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Show About Forgiveness

One of my favorite things about working for an Arts Council is the opportunity to be surrounded by  a variety of artforms and artists.  This weekend alone we will have fine art opening featuring two very unique artists and a live theatrical performance.  

Today I want to take a moment to talk about River City Repertory Theatre (RCRT) 7th season opener "Dodging Bullets".  I had the opportunity to sit down with the star of this one man show David Barker and Artistic Director of RCRT Patrick McWilliams to get their thoughts on this exciting performance.

When I asked David Barker to sum up the show in a few word he said "This show is about forgiveness." 

On July 16th, 2004 at 12:15pm in an upscale Boston suburb, his brother-in-law, a successful brain surgeon, tried to kill Barker's sister and Barker himself as his 16 year old niece watched.  Barker turned this experience into a solo performance where he acts out all ten characters involved in the production.   

When I asked McWilliams why this production was important for the Repertory Theatre to bring to the Shreveport-Bossier area he replied "With our season we are trying to show different types of theatre we are not currently exposed to in this area.  A one man show is one of those important variations." 

On Friday thru Sunday there will be a talk back session about the play and domestic violence immediately following the show.   

"Dodging Bullets" will run this weekend (Thursday-Sunday) September 13-15th at 7:30pm and September 16th at 3:00pm at the East Bank Theatre located in Bossier Arts Council's headquarters 630 Barksdale Blvd.  Tickets are $25 for all seats and $10 last minute (30min prior to curtain) for students and military with valid ids.  For reservations or more information call 318-868-5888.

The Bossier Arts Council hopes you support RCRT and their guest artist David Barker this weekend.  

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