"The Rock & the
Rabbi" Benefit Performance Coming to Florida Southern College
LAKELAND, Fla. (August
14, 2002) - "The Rock & the Rabbi", a new off-Broadway musical
based on the life of Peter the fisherman and Jesus of Nazareth,
is coming to Florida Southern College, for two benefit performances
on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3
p.m. in Branscomb Auditorium.
"The Rock & the Rabbi" is presented by Florida Southern College
in conjunction with Know The Way Productions. Proceeds from the
musical will help fund special campus-wide student ministries programs
by the Chaplain's office and Church Relations.
The contemporary treatment of the Biblical story "The Rock &
The Rabbi" is a combination of storytelling and acoustic music performed
by a cast of 12 musicians and one storyteller. Intimate and emotional,
funny and thrilling, the story tells the classic tale of friendship
and betrayal, forgiveness and reconciliation.
Storytelling is at the heart of this theatrical production. All
of the reality of the historical account is presented through the
power of the spoken word and the music it has inspired. The storyteller
recounts his adventures as Peter with The Rabbi-from fishing on
the Sea of Galilee to the agony of the Cross and the power of the
The music, which features acoustic guitars, Irish and African drums,
accordion and bagpipes, is some of the most powerful and memorable
in theater today. Two Tampa Bay area residents wrote the musical.
Gary Richardson, the storyteller, wrote the script, and Danny Hamilton
wrote the music and lyrics. They debuted the performance at Ruth
Eckerd Hall, Clearwater, in 1998. Since that time, "The Rock &
The Rabbi" has been playing to sold-out venues around the country,
including the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center (over a dozen performances);
Cultural Arts Center, Roswell, Ga; Ryman Auditorium, Nashville,
Tenn.; and Hard Rock Live, Universal Studios, Orlando. During Easter
week this year, standing room only performances were held in The
Lamb's Theater, off Broadway, in New York City.
"I attended the production of 'The Rock & The Rabbi' in Roswell,
Ga., in July of this year. I experienced such an energetic and powerful
performance that I can hardly wait to see it again!" said Pastor
Craig Paul, Trinity UMC, Lakeland.
This 90-minute production does not have an intermission. Due to
the length of the musical and the dramatic atmosphere of the storytelling,
parents are asked not to bring children five years of age and under.
Tickets for "The Rock & the Rabbi" at Florida Southern College
are $18, $22 and $26 for reserved seating. (This performance is
not part of Florida Southern's Fine Arts Series.) Mid-high and senior
high youth groups of ten or more may purchase block seating for
$10 per person. Florida Southern College students, faculty, and
staff may also purchase tickets for $10 per person. Tickets go on
sale at the FSC box office on Aug. 19, Monday through Friday from
1 to 4 p.m. Credit card purchases are welcome by calling the box
office at (863) 680-4296.
Florida Southern College is located at 111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive,
Lakeland. For additional details, call FSC Church Relations, (863)
680-6211 or see www.therockandtherabbi.com.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Located in Lakeland,
Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site collection
of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.