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Agape Theatre to Present BONHOEFFER'S COST

Agape Theatre is proud to announce an upcoming production of BONHOEFFER'S COST. Written by Mary RutH Clarke with Time Gregory, BONHOEFFER'S COST tells the exciting and moving true story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Agape's production will be the play's Texas Premiere.

BONHOEFFER'S COST finds Dietrich Bonhoeffer imprisoned in Berlin's Tegel Prison during the darkest days of WWII. As the war rages around him and his faith is tested, Bonhoeffer deliberates the cost attached to acting from one's convictions. In a blind race between the forces of good and evil, will Dietrich make it out alive?

A Lutheran pastor and theologian in Germany during WWII, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was extremely vocal in his resistance to the Nazi dictatorship, including the Nazi persecution of Jewish people. Out of his resistance to the Nazi regime and their attempted control of the religious community, Bonhoeffer founded the underground Confessing Church. He was also a member of the Abwehr, a German military intelligence organization at the center of the anti-Hitler resistance. In addition to his political resistance, Bonhoeffer is known for writing countless books and essays on theology and Christianity, especially The Cost of Discipleship.

Agape's production of BONHOEFFER'S COST will be staged in the Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock. The beautiful historic landmark was built in 1896. The building's Gothic style and incredible staiNed Glass windows are sure to enhance the production.

"We are overjoyed to bring BONHOEFFER'S COST to our audience," says Jeff Davis, Artistic Director of Agape Theatre and Director of BONHOEFFER'S COST. "While he's well-known amongst Lutherans, Bonhoeffer is nearly forgotten in other circles. Regardless of your religious affiliation, Bonhoeffer's heroism is undeniable. I know his story will inspire our patrons and keep them on the edge of their seats."

Davis is also excited about the opportunity to produce the show inside a Lutheran Church. "We are beyond blessed to be staging this extraordinary play inside an equally extraordinary venue," says Davis. "Palm Valley Lutheran Church is a treasure to our local community. Being able to stage a show about faith inside a church is a dream come true, as is Palm Valley's passion and excitement for this project."

This production is extra special to Davis and to Agape Theatre as it was slated for production in 2015 but had to be postponed. "When we were forced to take a break from producing back in 2015 due to venue issues, we had just started rehearsing BONHOEFFER'S COST. We were excited about it, and our patrons were already buying seats. I'm so fortunate that the majority of the cast will be returning to the production."

Ticket prices for the production start at $12-$20, with discounts available to Seniors, Students, Teachers/Educators and Current/Ex Military. "Agape Theatre has always believed that everyone should have access to quality, thought-provoking theater, regardless of income or budget," says Davis. "We understand the importance of this story being told, and we didn't want ticket prices to deter people from seeing this show. That's why we've tiered our ticket pricing-something we've never done before-and offered discounts to several different demographics. We're confident that everyone should be able to find a seat that meets their budget."

Directed by Jeff Davis, BONHOEFFER'S COST stars Cory Grabenstein as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rachel Bremer-Lewis as Maria Von Wedemeyer/Charlotte Friedenthal, and Zach Bond as Klaus Bonhoeffer/Maetz. BONHOEFFER'S COST also features an original musical score by Brian Losoya. The full cast and creative team will be announced soon.

BONHOEFFER'S COST plays The Sanctuary at Palm Valley Lutheran Church, located at 2500 East Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX. The play runs Thursday, May 11-Sunday, May 21, 2017. Performances are Thursdays - Saturdays at 7:30pm with matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30pm. A free post-show reception will follow the opening night performance on Thursday, May 11th. A post-show discussion with the cast and creative team will follow the performance on Friday, May 12th and the evening performance on Saturday, May 20th.

Tickets are $12-20 with discounts available to Seniors, Students, Teachers/Educators and Current/Ex Military. To reserve tickets, please visit or call us at 512-88-STAGE.

For more information, please visit or call 512-88-STAGE.

BONHOEFFER'S COST is recommended for audience members age 13 and up.

About Agape Theatre- Agape means "unconditional love," and at Agape Theatre, we exist, first and foremost, to unconditionally entertain. We strive to produce quality, thought-provoking theater about universal themes regarding the human condition while simultaneously providing young performers and artists a safe environment in which to hone their craft. But first, we entertain.

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