GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

March 28, 2013

Bringing Luke's gospel to life

Church hosting one-man show at Gorton's Theatre

By Gail McCarthy
Staff Writer

---- — Former Broadway actor Bruce Kuhn will breath life into the written words from the Gospel of Luke in a special Easter-time show at the Gloucester Stage Company’s Gorton’s Theatre in three shows starting tomorrow.

Kuhn will bring his one-man show titled “Luke,” presented by the Community Church of East Gloucester. In the piece, Kuhn weaves the tale of Christ this Easter season through the Gospel of Luke.

Among his credits, Kuhn performed on Broadway in Les Misérables, and in the national tours of “Chess” and “Cotton Patch Gospel.”

This show premiered at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville to enthusiastic reviews and an extended run.

Kuhn has taught storytelling at Regent College in Canada, Oxford University in England, and for the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students in nine countries. He received his classical training and Master of Fine Arts from the University of Washington in Seattle, and later trained with Uta Hagen in New York City.

Pastor Tim Bushfield of the Community Church in East Gloucester said he never forgot the show he saw in college of Kuhn performing “The Book of Acts” — 16 years ago.

“I still have memories of him performing the Bible that I can’t shake,” said Bushfield, who Googled the actor to see if he was still performing — and found that he is.

“I found that he still travels the world performing and teaching. He was in Zimbabwe last year, and he just finished a three-month course in Hawaii teaching people how to do this,” Bushfield said. “He’s kind of become a professor of storytelling and he travels the world telling the story of Jesus, who was a master storyteller.”

The church chose the theater at Gloucester Stage Company as the venue instead of the church as a way to welcome anyone who has an interest to attend. Tickets are priced at $15, and can be purchased at the door or through http://eastgloucester.org/brucekuhn. The performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday — Easter Sunday — at 3 p.m.

In addition to providing community service such as serving at Open Door, Bushfield said the church also wants to contribute to the cultural offerings of the area. So he sought out the actor that he never forgot and was delighted to find that he still performs. Bushfield said he thought this was a great way to help celebrate Easter.

“We love the strong artistic community that also makes up Gloucester,” he said. “By having it at the theater, it makes it more accessible to a wider audience who may be interested in it for either the literary or theatrical aspect, if not for the religious aspect.”

Bushfield said the Bible has influenced literature and the other arts throughout the centuries, even into the 21st century.

“The character of Jesus has become an archetype,” he said. “The theme of life, death and resurrection keeps coming back in history, art and literature.”

Gail McCarthy can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3445, or at gmccarthy@gloucestertimes.com.