On Friday, December 13, theater teacher Mr. Robert Ringuette ’04 brought students enrolled in Theater Arts to see a performance of the play ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi at Boston University’s Booth Theater.
About …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi
"The 2019 – 2020 season at Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre continues with a production of Marcus Gardley’s …and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi directed by Sara Katzoff."
"Set on the banks of the Mississippi River during the apex of the Civil War, ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi is an excavation of antebellum history told through a poetic reimagining of the myth of Persephone and Demeter. In playwright Marcus Gardley’s own words: “Jesus Moonwalks is in a lot of ways my signature play. It is based upon a story my great-grandmother used to tell about her father who fled the bonds of slavery and traveled the country in search of his family.”
"'Blending personal narrative, Greek and Yoruba mythology, black folktales and biblical iconography, ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi weaves a story of grace, humor, pain and transformation to create a distinctly American quilt.' – Robert Hurwitt, San Francisco Chronicle"
About An Introduction to Theater Arts
This one-semester course introduces students to basic performance techniques through exercises in improvisation, 10-minute plays, and voice and diction. Students will also analyze dramatic structure, comedy versus tragedy, and theater history through textbook reading, examples from popular plays, musical, sitcoms, and movies, and a hands-on application of the performance techniques. Through a broad study of theater, students have the opportunity to develop skills in ensemble building, trust, self-confidence, focus, imagination and creativity.
Thank you to Mr. Robert Ringuette ’04, the Fine & Performing Arts Department, and all of our faculty and staff for making these types of learning experiences possible and continuing to challenge students and enhance coursework by going beyond the classroom to offer additional perspectives and insights.