Local theater standout Dan Niven portrays Jesus, the “Chief Clown”. Composer Stephen Schwartz describes this character as “high energy, charming, funny, gentle but with strength.”
“Having the opportunity to develop and embody this persona while working with the nine talented, comedic actor-singers (and occasionally dancers) in our cast is as rewarding as stage work gets,” Niven said.
Originally conceived as John-Michael Tebelak’s graduate degree directing project at Carnegie Mellon University, Godspell draws a great deal of inspiration from Harvey’s Cox’s book Feast of Fools, particularly the “Christ the Harlequin” chapter.
A Broadway classic, Godspell is based on the Christian Gospel according to Matthew. Featuring a classic rock-band score by Stephen Schwartz, Godspell boasts a string of songs interspersed with Biblical wisdom. A compelling reflection of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love. In Act One, stories and parables are acted out, and Act Two features the Passion story, completed with additional stories and teachings.
“In Godspell, every character gets to shine, and the overarching story is about forming community,” Niven explained. “That’s a common theme in EFT’s productions, and why I enjoy working here.”
Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com.