Mass Appeal for this one at St. Marks [Theater]

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A priest and seminary student are at odds with each other in the St. Marks UCC production of Mass Appeal, which will open on Thursday.

All performances of Mass Appeal will take place at St. Marks United Church of Christ, located at 222 East Spring Street in New Albany, IN. Performances will take place on September 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m. each night. Matinee shows, meanwhile, will occur on September 12 and 19 at 2 p.m. each day.

Tickets are $10 per person for the 13-and-over show. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 502-509-1114. More information can be found on this website.

In Bill C. Davis's Mass Appeal, Fr. Farley, an elder priest, and Mark Dolson, a younger seminarian, find themselves at odds both in personality and ideology. The two attempt to make good priests out of each other but soon find themselves learning more about the values of courage, love, and friendship.

J.R. Stuart directed the two-man production and also stars as Father Tim Farley. Aaron Johnson stars as Dolson.

A version of Mass Appeal opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club before spending 1981 and 1982 on Broadway at the Booth Theatre. The production won an Outer Critic's Circle Award. Mass Appeal also became a critcally-acclaimed movie with Jack Lemmon and Charles Durning.

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