ECTC to present ‘The Amish Project’ in January

Special to The Log
Kristin Devine will play a host of characters in an Amish community devastated by a terrible tragedy. [SPECIAL TO THE LOG]

Emerald Coast Theatre Company continues its fifth anniversary season with the gripping one-woman docudrama “The Amish Project,” which will take place Jan. 18-28 staged at 560 Grand Boulevard (upstairs) in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin, located in Miramar Beach.

Conceived in the wake of the 2006 school shootings in the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, Jessica Dickey’s fictional exploration of a real-life tragedy allows us to glimpse into the world of Amish culture and to come to grips with the true limits of compassion and forgiveness.

Praised by The New York Times as “extraordinary,” this stunning, tour-de-force features a single actress playing a host of characters in an Amish community devastated by a terrible tragedy.

Nathanael Fisher directs and the show stars Kristin Devine, who appeared on ECTC’s stage last fall in “Constellations.” Her other credits include “A Chorus Line” (Val); “Gypsy” (Marjorie May); “The Drowsy Chaperone” with Pat Sajack at Connecticut Repertory Theatre; “Henry V” at Delaware Shakespeare; “My Fair Lady” (Lady Tarrington) with the Quintessence Theatre Group, and “Love’s Labor’s Lost” (Maria).

Set and lighting design is by Cory Tucker, costumes are designed by Anna Fisher and stage management by Bridgett Bryant.

“As a community I feel that it is imperative to take a moment and consider what so many other communities have had to face,” said Nathanael Fisher. “We consider the challenges and, more importantly, we consider what recovery looks like.”

The show opens Thursday, Jan. 18. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, Jan. 21 and 28. Tickets are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20 for students. Due to mature content, this production is appropriate for ages 13 and up.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and theater patrons are encouraged to come early to browse artwork by local artists showcased in the ECTC Lobby Gallery curated by Lori Drew, founder of Lowkylzart. A portion of proceeds from each sale benefits ECTC and its education outreach and scholarship programs.

This is the third offering of the fifth anniversary 2017-2018 season, which continues with A.R. Gurney’s romantic comedy “Sylvia” Feb. 15-March 4.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is a program that showcases professional actors performing productions especially selected for young audience members. “A Mark Twain Storybook” will stage performances open to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. This production is designed for ages 6 and up. “Aesop's Fables” will be performed for all ages on Saturday, April 7 and 14 at 10 a.m. Additional performances are dedicated to Field Trip visits and therefore not open to the public.