Over the weekend the Taproot Theatre debuted the second play in its 2023 Jewell Mainstage Season, As It is in Heaven by Arlene Hutton. Based on true events in the history of the Shakers, the play explores the generational shifts that occur when a new generation comes in and begins to disrupt or change the way that things have been done. Directed by Marianne Savell, the show opened on March 24 and runs through April 22.
“’Tis a gift to be simple,” sing the Shakers of Pleasant Hill. But as the young women in the community claim new spiritual gifts, Sister Hannah and the other elders must judge whether these gifts are real or rebellion. Set during America’s surge of Utopian communities, the play wrestles with belief and doubt in a swiftly changing world.“
Tickets are available online at taproottheatre.org, by phone at 206.781.9707 (Tue-Sat, noon – 5pm), or in person at 204 N 85th St. Ticket prices range from $25-56 with discounts available for students, seniors, active military, 25 & Under and TeenTix members.