2011 - 2012 Season > Butterfingers Angel
"Butterfingers Angel"

December 2 - 18

by William Gibson
directed by Susan Russell

Written for his church by the playwright best known for "The Miracle Worker", this high-spirited, yet spiritual, play offers up an upbeat retelling of the Nativity story. A bumbling young Angel is sent by a taciturn God to manifest His divine plan for an aging, jealous Joseph and a resolutely virginal Mary. The nervous Angel worries his way from Annunciation to Bethlehem to Birth. Gibson's script is at times hilarious, at other times thoughtful and suggests that a loving act is our redeemer when God seems silent.

Although children act in this play, it is NOT specifically a children's show and much of its content will not be understood by very young children. Please, no babes in arms. Tickets for children 8 and younger are $5.

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Directors Notes

When his church wanted something different for their 1975 Christmas pageant, William Gibson wrote The Butterfingers Angel, Mary and Joseph, Herod the Nut and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree. Gibson is best known for his masterpiece The Miracle Worker, a moving story of the strong-willed Anne Sullivan who wrestles the devils of Helen Keller’s blindness and deafness to save the child within. Anne is hard-nosed, a bit impulsive and doesn’t take “no” for an answer.

You will see a resemblance to Annie Sullivan in Gibson’s characterization of Mary. Strong-willed and independent, but when chosen for the worthiest of all roles, she too wrestles many devils -- an inept angel, a family of loutish brothers, a jealous Joseph, even an inadequate donkey -- to accomplish it. Unwilling to take ‘no’ for an answer, she resolves to bring hope, in the form of this child, into a fallible and imperfect world.

My hope at this holiday season is that we, as a society, can stop emphasizing our differences and focus, rather, on our shared humanity -- where saying I am a Catholic or I am a Hindu means as little as saying I like Chunky Monkey or I like Rocky Road. It is just not important how we format our beliefs; we need to live the admonishment from all expressions of faith -- that we love one another.
Our cast is made up of actors who express their faith in many forms -- Bible-based fundamentalism, devout Catholicism, non-denominational Christianity, Buddhism and even an agnostic or two. Yet we have united in a central purpose -- to share this message of hope with you, our audience.
Every human being is in all respects equally a member of the human family, sisters and brothers of everyone who has already lived or who will live in the future on this planet and anywhere else in the universe…
Let’s work together, then, to create the conditions under which the spirit of good-ness, or God-ness, in whatever form you envision, is free to move among us unconditionally.
The happiest of holidays and every days -