We proudly premiered a new theatre production “A Girl Called Esther” in Baltimore, December 9-11, 2011. This show was developed in NYC with playwright Chris Cragin and director Emily Ernst.

We were excited to work with the arts group EMP in their new space in downtown Baltimore. We encourage friends of Spark and Echo Arts in the Baltimore/DC area to supporte this exciting arts collective that is part of an exciting artistic revitalization in Baltimore.

Visit E.M.P. Collective at 306 W Redwood Street, Baltimore, or on the web at empcollective.org

Esther, a behavioral psychologist who thrives on keeping her life in order, is faced with a situation beyond her control when her mother falls into a coma. In a desperate attempt to wake her mother up, Esther forces herself to read the ancient story of Queen Esther aloud to her mother–a story Esther hates and has avoided for years, but one that her mother loves. As she revisits the story of her namesake and begins to lose control, she finds herself face to face with the woman who was challenged by the same question she now faces–can she let go and trust?

Check out this clip of Jonathon and Emily talking about the show. “A Girl Called Esther” will be further developed in NYC in 2012 with future performances to follow.

Produced by Spark and Echo Arts
Written by Chris Cragin
Original Concept by Jonathon Roberts and Emily Clare Zempel
Directed by Emily Ernst
Music by Jonathon Roberts
Movement by Deborah Wolfson
Set and Lighting Design by Rachelle Beckerman

Featuring Emily Clare Zempel and Jonathon Roberts

This production is made possible through a grant from the Harbor Christian Foundation.

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