Artistic and sacred passions unite in “Babette’s Feast,” a playful and theatrical adaptation of Isak Dinesen's story, conceived of and developed by Abbie Killeen and written by Rose Courtney. Acacia Theatre is proud to bring the area premier of this play to the stage.
Two elderly sisters are the center of an austere Norwegian religious community that has renounced all worldly pleasures. Into their world comes Babette, a French refugee, who decides to cook the sisters a lavish feast to thank them for their years of kindness to her. The village elders are suspicious of her intentions, but should they resist the indulgent pleasures of Babette's cooking, or allow themselves to enjoy her gift of grace to them?
“Babette is interesting because here she's lost so much, and she finally expresses how much she misses the past and her place in it, after years of living under the roof of the two sisters who'd taken her in. And yet, she's chosen to give up the one last chance she gets at possibly going back to devote everything to these two who have helped her. This is her home now, and it's more than a mere acceptance of the fact; it's a conscious choice to stay and to continue to serve,” said Philip Birdener, a member of the ensemble.
“I find it interesting that in a community on the verge of celebrating the hundredth birthday of someone they loved and respected so much, it is one of the outsiders who comes in to open their eyes to a more fruitful interpretation of giving and grace,” adds Birdener
Grace is a central theme in this drama. He says, “‘Man is frail’ is a line from the play, but we miss so many opportunities if we get stuck in regretting the times our frailties have found expression. These are opportunities to not only experience grace ourselves but to share grace, to spread grace around.”
Acacia Theatre Company will perform the play March 16 through March 25 in Concordia University Wisconsin’s Todd Wehr Auditorium, 12800 North Lake Shore Drive in Mequon, Wis.
Performances will be Friday, March 16, 2012 at 8pm; Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 8pm; Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3pm; Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 8pm; Friday, March 23, 2012 at 8pm; Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 4pm and 8pm; and Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 3pm.
Tickets will be available by calling (414) 744-5995 or at www.acaciatheatre.com. Tickets will cost $16 or $13 for senior citizens, full-time students and full-time clergy ticket. Group (10+) discounts are available.
Acacia Theatre Company
Founded in 1980, Acacia Theatre Company is an independent, non-profit, interdenominational group of dramatic artists who share a common desire to integrate art and faith by presenting theatre from a Judeo-Christian worldview. Through uplifting, quality entertainment, Acacia provides occasion for thanksgiving, growth and enjoyment, and the opportunity for Christians and non-Christians to consider their lives in relation to God. More information is available at www.acaciatheatre.com.
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