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Richmond hosts its fifth Acts of Faith Festival beginning Jan. 15 — the largest faith-inspired theater event nationwide. The festival uses theatrical performances as an avenue for community discussions on ecumenical topics. "They are not religious plays, but they have some component that would make a good discussion," says Susan Davenport, festival coordinator. "Each of the theaters holds a talk-back discussion about how faith played [a role] in the play."
The 14 plays ($3 to $38) include a variety of topics, ranging from a tale of two Jewish boys in Brooklyn (The Chosen) and a comic musical about a Christian boy band (Altar Boyz) to performances with subtle faith themes, such as The Penny Executive: The Maggie Walker Story, Of Mice and Men and The Glass Menagerie.
Second Presbyterian Church, the event's chief sponsor, has incorporated 13 other houses of worship and 13 theaters. The festival, which runs through March 22, also includes a variety of community discussions, hosted by local faith communities. For more information, call 513-8211 or visit theactsoffaith.com.