Spring Theater Production Goes On Stage

Asbury University’s Theatre and Cinema Performance program will present “The Beams are Creaking,” a drama that traces the path of a WWII-era Christian theologian whose convictions and example continue to shape the landscape of faith even today.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The play is based on the life and ministry of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German Lutheran pastor who became an outspoken critic of the Nazi regime and German state church in the 1930s and ‘40s. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on April 11-13 and at 7 p.m. on April 19. Tickets are $6 and are available from the Theatre and Cinema Performance web pages or at the door.

“This is a very powerful play,” said Jeff Day, assistant professor in the Theatre and Cinema Performance program. “Bonhoeffer shows us the importance of grace. He preached against those who were stuck in the law, and the play demonstrates our need for a personal relationship with God. He was a visionary.”

The closing performance of the play occurs in conjunction with Asbury’s Engaging Culture weekend, a three-day, campus-wide focus on discussing the ways in which Christians can engage with and influence the culture around them. Bonhoeffer, through his witness in his native country and ministry that spanned Europe and the United States, began his work as a college student.

“He did nothing but engage culture,” Day said. “He is a giant in the Christian community and the source of a best-selling book by Eric Metaxas.”

For more information about Engaging Culture events, visit the website here.

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