When the People’s Pastoral was first conceived, CCA members envisioned that the pastoral’s message would find expression beyond a single document. We imagined that the pastoral’s voices could potentially be lifted up in a variety of other ways, including poetry, visual art, exhibits, songs, dance, storytelling, conferences, retreats, academic papers, educational programs, rituals, and prayers.
Early in the process of the pastoral’s development, we discussed the possibility of a theatrical production with Catherine Bush, house playwright at Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA. CCA is pleased to share that Catherine’s play, Though the Mountains May Fall, inspired by the voices of the pastoral, will make its debut in a reading at the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights at Barter Theater this Sunday.
Here is the synopsis of the play:
The Ida May Combs Medical Clinic in Mud Creek, KY is now open for business– thanks to the efforts of local priest Fr. Timothy Ryan. But before Fr. Timothy can count his blessings, things in Mud Creek begin to unravel; a mysterious stomach virus sweeps the region, a civil-right’s dispute breaks out in town, and Fr. Timothy’s mentally ill brother shows up on his doorstep. As he struggles to overcome the demons of his past in order to save his friends and community, Fr. Timothy discovers that being present is sometimes the best gift one can give. The fourth installment of the Mud Creek series by Barter’s Resident Playwright.