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The Amish Project 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 2 p.m. Continues through Sept. 13 2015
Price: $25-$30
Most of us give a degree of lip service to the concept of exercising forgiveness in the wake of being wronged. It's an attractive idea, but as usual with ideas, it's one thing to talk about it, another thing to enact it. That's where the rubber meets the treacherous road. So imagine the wrong that was done to you involves your child being murdered, yet you forgive. That's an extraordinary human feat, and it's at the heart of The Amish Project, a one-woman play by Jessica Dickey. Dickey takes the infamous 2006 mass shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in rural Pennsylvania and crafts her story around it, exploring themes of profound grief resulting in even more profound grace. (The Amish families of the young schoolgirls killed by the shooter forgave him and embraced his family as fellow victims.) Mustard Seed Theatre opens its new season with The Amish Project. Performances take place at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (August 28 to 13) at Fontbonne University Fine Arts Theater (6800 Wydown Boulevard; 314-719-8060 or Tickets are $25 to $30.
— Alex Weir


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