Acacia Theatre Company

2016 - 2017 Season: We Shall Overcome

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Dear Friends,

In this season we are focusing on stories of real people beginning the path of overcoming life circumstances – family tragedy, racism, a “past” – to a life of hope, growth and purpose. These days, it often seems that the darkness is growing and enveloping our lives and our world; the struggle is constant. But when we join forces, with God and community, there is always hope that We Shall Overcome. Please join us this season for true stories of overcoming hope and victory!

Janet Peterson, Artistic Director

A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas

November 11-13, 17-20, 2016

“A homespun little masterpiece” (The Tennessean, Nashville) this original play pieces together two years of the Ingalls family history missing from the beloved Little House books. In Burr Oak, Iowa, during the winter of 1876, Laura, Mary and Carrie help Ma and Pa Ingalls overcome recent losses and find gratitude for what remains. A perfect beginning to the holiday season for the whole family.

Best of Enemies

March 17-19, 23-26, 2017

The true story of the relationship between C.P. Ellis, a Grand Cyclops of the KKK, and Ann Atwater, an African-American civil rights activist, which developed during meetings about the desegregation of the Durham, North Carolina, schools in 1971. From the author of Freud’s Last Session, Best of Enemies features two strong characters determined to overcome; how they shall is unexpected, beautiful and heartening. Note: Due to the subject matter of the show, there will be some historically accurate racist language.

This Other Love

July 14-16, 20-23, 2017

Fusing events from the life of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, This Other Love remembers Day as a common-law wife expecting her first child in a cottage on the beach of Staten Island. A surprise visit from Peter Maurin, eccentric activist and future co-founder, revives Day’s passion to work with the poor. Her struggle to take heart, overcome objections and follow God’s call is the focus of this lyrical and lovely play, a world premiere at Acacia.

Light of the World

December 3 at 4 PM, 2016

Come celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, light of all mankind that the darkness has not overcome, in an evening of seasonal music and some of Acacia’s touring shows.