Harper isn't just having a bad day, week or even month — she's having a bad life right about now. Divorced, out of work and down on her luck, she takes a minute, just a minute, to breathe on the bus before she starts worrying again about how she'll be able to make it through. At first she didn't notice the other folks on the bus — like so many sparrows, these regular, everyday people, no doubt with problems of their own, just seemed to blend in. But the more she rides this route, the more these bus trips become cathartic. Sure, her fellow public-transportation takers are just regular people, but they are the kinds of community members who live their lives with quiet nobility, always decent, always kind. As time wears on, Harper begins to see that she is not alone — and that she just might be able to pick up the pieces. Such is the tale told in Eye on the Sparrow: The World Within St. Louis, an original play presented by Gitana Productions. Based on actual stories from St. Louisans, Lee Patton Chiles' work seeks to remind us that being ordinarily considerate can be extraordinary. Eye on the Sparrow features performances by gospel singer Sister Ruth Ann Latchison-Nichols and musician Raven Wolf C. Felton Jennings II, and is presented at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday (May 21 through June 6) at Saint Louis University's theater in Xavier Hall (3733 West Pine Mall). Tickets cost $12 to $15 (call 314-721-6556); visit www.gitana-inc.org to learn more.
Fridays-Sundays. Starts: May 21. Continues through June 6, 2010