Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church presents its 82nd annual performance of Heaven Bound, November 9 – 10¸ 2012 at 7:00 P.M., on both nights.
The Friday night performance is the traditional version and the Saturday night performance is the contemporary version. This legendary African American folk drama tells the story of pilgrims on their way to heaven. Comprised of cast members from the congregation, Heaven Bound continues its time-honored legacy of the oral tradition through hymns, spirituals, and dramatic storytelling. The play portrays suspenseful conflict between the pilgrims and Satan. Who will make it through the “pearly gates?” Surprises abound!
Written and produced by two choirs members, Nellie Lindley Davis and Lula Byrd Jones, Heaven Bound first debuted on February 17, 1930, at Big Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. It was hailed soon after as “the first great American folk drama” by Theatre Guild magazine and the New York Times as “Atlanta’s most enduring tradition.”
Call for tickets at (404) 827-9707 or www.bigbethelame.org (prices $12.00 adults, $10.00 children and students with ID).