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Hope College Theatre to present 'The Sparrow'

• Nov 19, 2015 at 12:00 AM

HOLLAND – Hope College Theatre will present “The Sparrow,” directed by Nathan Allen, on Wednesday through Saturday, Nov. 18-21, and Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23-24, at 7:30 p.m. in the DeWitt Center main theatre.

Allen, artistic director of The House Theatre of Chicago, returns to Hope College Theatre after directing and devising with Hope students the production of “Rose and The Rime” in 2007.  “Rose” was selected to travel to the Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Milwaukee and the National Festival in 2008.

“The Sparrow” is the story of Emily Book, a small-town girl returning home 10 years after a tragic accident that claimed the lives of her entire class. As the town struggles to accept the girl who reminds them of what they lost, Book attempts to hide the special powers that make her different.

“The Sparrow” was written by Allen and his colleagues Chris Matthews and Jake Minton, and devised with his company, The House Theatre of Chicago.  

“I first built ‘The Sparrow’ with all my best friends in the world and it marked a big moment for us in our learning about storytelling and stagecraft,” Allen said. “I remember discovering questions I still pursue in my work, questions about playmaking and ensemble work, but also questions about forgiveness and community and heroes. Questions about how groups and communities depend on each other. How we fail each other. And how we heal each other.”

Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $7 for senior citizens, Hope faculty and staff, and free for Hope College students and children 18 and under. Tickets are available at the Events and Conferences Office located downtown in the Anderson-Werkman Financial Center at 100 E. Eighth St. in Holland.  The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be reached at 616-395-7890

Patrons can purchase tickets in person, online at hope.edu/tickets, or by calling the ticket office.

The DeWitt Center is located at 141 E. 12th St. in Holland. 

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