Developed over 12 years, Francis utilized personal experiences, anecdotes and the interview, research and performance techniques of mentor Anna Deavere Smith to create The Gospel According to Matthew. Francis has previously workshopped the production at Virginia Tech last year and presented readings at Manhattan Theatre Club and New York Theatre Workshop. The Fringe mounting marks the world premiere full production.
Press notes state, "Matthew gives his testimony and performs verbatim stories of sinners, teachers, and preachers. Sometimes cathartic, always provocative, this one-man play will inspire and transform the conversation between the Christian Fundamentalist and gay communities. Francis brings to life over 20 characters — from Fred Phelps, the founder of Godhatesfags.com, to Mel White, the former right-hand to Jerry Falwell who is now a gay activist."
David Drake, playwright/performer and Obie winner for The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, directs the production for the Fringe Festival.
The Gospel According to Matthew will play The SoHo Playhouse, located at 15 Vandam Street, Manhattan. For more information visit www.matthewfrancis.net or myspace.com/thegospelaccordingtomatthew
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