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Theatre: The Savannah Disputation

The Savannah Disputation


The Covenant College theatre department will present The Savannah Disputation, under the direction of Prof. Camille Hallstrom, beginning October 1, 2015.


A one-act play by Evan Smith, The Savannah Disputation takes place in small-town Savannah, Georgia, and tells the comical story of how a door-to-door Protestant evangelist changed the lives of two Catholic sisters.


“This is a wonderful show, full of delightful farce, but it also wrestles with the nature of truth, relationships, and loneliness,” said Hallstrom. “The play ultimately demonstrates compassion for its characters and their various struggles in this vale of tears.”


The humor in The Savannah Disputation couches a deeper discussion of faith, loneliness, and Christian stereotypes.


“This show is really about a bunch of lonely people, who seek out company under the guise of a religious disputation,” said senior Nyssa Coffman, who plays the evangelist, Melissa.


Coffman and fellow senior Tori Miller will act in The Savannah Disputation as part of their senior integration project. Miller plays Mary, one of the two sisters, and notes that the play offers audience members the chance to hear both sides of the Protestant and Catholic argument.


“It leaves you with a lot of unanswered questions about who is right and who is wrong,” said Miller.


The Savannah Disputation will run October 2, 3, and 9 at 8:00 p.m., and October 10 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students, staff, and seniors, and $7 for adults. Tickets for a preview performance on October 1, at 8:00 p.m. are available at a reduced price of $3 for students, staff, and seniors, and $5 for adults. All shows will be held in the Sanderson auditorium at Covenant College.


Following the October 3 performance, audience members will have the opportunity to observe a panel discussion with Dr. Dryden, professor of biblical studies, and other faculty members from Covenant College.


To reserve tickets, call the box office at 706.419.1051 or email