Everything That Rises Must Converge at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

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    March 28, 2015 all-day
    The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
    1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025

    The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine And Compagnia De’ Colombari Present

    Everything That Rises Must Converge

    Saturday, March 28
    7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
    1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street

    Photo: Cathedral Archives
    Photo: Cathedral Archives

    Contemporary Interpretation of Flannery O’Connor’s Classic Story

    The Cathedral of St. John the Divine welcomes Compagnia de’ Colombari, an international collective of performing artists, and their production of Everything That Rises Must Converge on March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), Manhattan.

    Created for the stage and directed by Karin Coonrod, the play is a contemporary adaptation of the famous story by American Poets Corner 2014 inductee Flannery O’Connor, written in 1964 and set in the newly-integrated South. A young white man and his prejudiced mother ride a city bus to a community center, interacting with a variety of people. With her usual wit and keen eye for human folly, O’Connor explores her characters at a moment of historical change. Recent civil rights events—and the consequent awareness we have not come as far from 1964 as we had hoped—give this story and this performance particular power.

    Everything That Rises Must Converge was developed at the University of Iowa, Sundance Theatre Lab, and premiered at New York Theatre Workshop (2001). Director Coonrod brings a dramatist’s sensibility to what O’Connor biographer Brad Gooch referred to as “an elaborate, interracial ballet of seat shuffling by whites and blacks.” The production features Ayeje Feamster, Carlton Taylor, Randy Rand, Mary Mobley, Stephanie Hayes, D’Ambrose Boyd, Gordana Rashovich and Christopher McLinden.

    This special NYC performance is part of Compagnia de’ Colombari’s second national tour and in celebration of Flannery O’Connor’s induction into the Cathedral’s American Poets Corner. Tickets can be purchased by visiting: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1311357