Off-Broadway musical “The Cotton Patch Gospel”—with music by Harry Chapin—will be staged at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. The one-man show, performed by Phillip Kaufmann, will raise money for programs to help fight hunger. Admission is $10 plus goodwill offerings at the door, with 100% of proceeds going directly to charity. St. Ann’s is located at 157 Montague Street.
“The Cotton Patch Gospel” was written by Tom Key and Russel Trez, featuring music from singer/songwriter, activist and Brooklyn native, the late Harry Chapin. The story, inspired by Koinonia Farm founder Clarence Jordan’s translations of the Gospels, imagines what it would be like if Jesus were born in Gainesville, Georgia, in the 20th century.
The St. Ann webbie notes, “Through the use of audio and video technology, Phillip portrays over 20 characters, plays 11 musical instruments and sings his own backup vocals.”
Proceeds from the event will be divided as such: 50% to the Hunger Outreach Project of St. Ann & the Holy Trinity, 25% to WhyHunger (founded by Harry Chapin and New York radio host and Catholic philanthropist Bill Ayres) and 25% to Mennonite Central Committee food program.
Kaufmann has taken his one-man show on the road and raised nearly $80,000 to combat hunger over the past two years.