Artist J. B. Murray and his fascinating story as told through the eyes of his doctor and friend. By Mary Padgelek and Tom Coleman.
- Original Story by Mary Padgelek and Muscial Adaptation by Mary Padgelek and Tom Coleman
The staging of the musical “Hands of the Spirit” is a huge task. In the meantime we NEED YOUR HELP to raise money to begin the project.
This is a true story of friendship and art. In 1978 a seventy-year-old black farm worker in rural Glascock County, Georgia, received what he believed to be a call from God. Though unable to read or write, J. B. Murray began to draw and paint flowing abstractions under what he understood to be the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Over the next ten years, Murray created paintings of ghostly figures and elogated shapes that represented "the people what is living like God don't exist." By the time of his death in 1988, Murray's work had been shown in art galleries all over the world, from Atlanta, Washington DC, New York, and Los Angeles to London and Tokyo.
The show has been presented in four different productions over the past 10 years. Each production has offered us a chance to work on the music and story. Our current goal is two semi-professional productions - one in Georgia and one in Los Angeles.
IF YOU DECIDE TO CONTRIBUTE: You will be helping to stage an original musical that we hope will have some great significance in the world of theater, art and dance.
WOULD YOU RATHER SEND MONEY IN THE MAIL AS A DONATION IN KIND? You can! Send us your donation and we'll post it on Kickstarter for you.
Savannah Community Theatre
P.O. Box 6395
Savannah, GA 31404
Make checks payable to The Savannah Community Theatre.
COST: We are looking at expenses of $15,000 above the cost of tickets for both productions.
HELP: We need you! Please consider being being part of this important project.
Info: 912-247-4644 (Tom Coleman, Director)
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on August 31, 2012.
Aug 1, 2012 - Aug 31, 2012 (30 days)
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8x10 framable Poster and Playbill - features an 8x10 inch framable poster of the Mary Padgelek painting "Hands of the Spirit" along with a show Playbill signed by all cast members.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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Full Sized Poster, Show DVD, personal 'thank you" phone call and Optional Tour - Features a full-sized framable poster of the Mary Padgelek painting "Hands of the Spirit" along with a show Playbill signed by all cast members.and for those attending the production a backstage visit to the set to meet the author, cast members and director.Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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Archival Print and Show DVD - Features a signed, archival print of the Mary Padgelek painting "Hands of the Spirit" along with a show Playbill signed by all cast members.and for those attending the production a backstage visit to the set to meet the author, cast members and director AND a 'thank you' phone call from the director!Estimated delivery: Jul 2013
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Original Painting - Features a hand painted and signed by the artist archival print of the original painting "Hands of the Spirit" by Mary Padgelek along with a show Playbill signed by all cast members, a show DVD, and for those attending the production a backstage visit to the set to meet the author, cast members and director. You'll also get a VERY SPECIAL 'thank you' call from the author and director!Estimated delivery: Jul 2013