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First Presbyterian Church and the WNY Biblical Storyteller's Guild Present the Raccontamiunastoria Storytelling Company from Rome
Published Thursday, April 28, 2011

First Presbyterian Church-- the very first Christian community in the (then) Town of Buffalo-- with the WNY Biblical Storytellers Guild, is proud to present the Raccontamiunastoria Storytelling Company from Rome, Italy. Using their unique method of creative-theatrical storytelling, the troupe will perform the controversial and passionate stories of

King David and Bathsheba
and
Alone Love You, Mary Magdalene and Peter

Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:30 pm
In the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church

Free-will offering

David and Bathsheba is the emotional retelling of the most shaking, shocking and controversial story of the Bible: the story of a forbidden burning passion, the story of a cruel murder, the story of a lost child. Betrayal and power, treason and adultery, sin and redemption, the most passionate story told in the past 4000 years!

Universal and extreme, it is the story of the never ending struggle of humankind trying to reach God. The ancient story of David and Bathsheba speaks to the hearts and souls of people from all experiences and walks of life. Their story inspired across the centuries great artists of all disciplines: from painters to poets, from musicians to Hollywood directors. But nothing makes it as real and incredibly contemporary as its original oral storytelling form.

Peter and Mary Magdalene couldn't have been more different...their dislike was palpable...still they had in common the most important thing of their life: their love for Jesus. He a fisherman with a common life and a family. She a common harlot with a life of extraordinary distress and misery. They meet Jesus “by chance” and He will become the central figure of their lives and change them forever.

Two stories of fierce love, great passion and deep tragedy, set in an era haunted by a war of conquest, hunger and violence; two characters in stark contrast, but united in the enormity of the events that shake their lives. I Alone Love You is story of Jesus seen through the eyes of two people who loved Him on earth. Two people belonging to the lowest steps of their society who through their faith and love reached the highest place in heaven.

Paola Balbi and Davide Bardi from the Raccontamiunastoria Storytelling Company bring these tales to life through their emotional performances. With laughter, tears, words, music and dance, they tell these stories of Biblical power and humanity.

Raccontamiunastoria is the most established Storytelling Company of Italy, organizer of the International Storytelling Festival in Rome. Alongside a wide repertoire of traditional folk tales and stories from ancient Roman history and Italian recent history the artists of the Company have concentrated their attention of Bible stories since the very beginning.

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