"God does not have problems. Only plans," proclaimed Corrie ten Boom when a clerical error allowed her to be released from a Nazi concentration camp one week before all women prisoners her age were executed.  Though she was released from the horror of Ravensbruck concentration camp, Corrie continued to live with a remarkable reliance on God, just as her family had as they hid Jews from Nazi terror. Generations of ten Booms held Christian prayer meetings for Israel for 100 years prior to World War II.  Traveling the world as an ambassador of the power of forgiveness in Christ, Corrie later established rehabilitation centers to help other Holocaust survivors. Her 1971 autobiography, The Hiding Place, became a movie in 1975, inspiring many to see God at work through the darkest of life's circumstances.


The Plot

Corrie and Betsie ten Boom are middle-aged sisters working in their father's watchmaker shop in pre-WWII Holland. Their uneventful lives are disrupted with the coming of the Nazis. Suspected of hiding Jews & caught breaking rationing rules, they are sent to a concentration camp, where their Christian faith keeps them from despair and bitterness. Betsie eventually dies, but Corrie survives, and after the war, must learn to love and forgive her former captors.


Target Market | Dallas - Let There Be


Although God’s Trombones carries the subtitle Seven Negro Sermons in Verse, it actually comprises nine sections: a preface, in which the author, James Weldon Johnson, explains the origins of his project and the logic behind it; a brief poem whose speaker is a prayer leader, perhaps a woman, calling on God to give wisdom to the preacher; and the sermons themselves.  Each sermon is presented as both an authentic transcription of an oral performance and a lyric poem, capturing as much of the passion, the rhythm, and the pacing of “the old-time Negro preacher” as Johnson can capture with words, punctuation, and line breaks alone.


Johnson was a renowned teacher, newspaper editor, musician, politician, anthologist, and writer, perhaps best known as the composer of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” known also as the Negro National Anthem.  In 1927, when he wrote God’s Trombones, he was general secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and he had edited three landmark anthologies of African American poetry and spirituals.  It had long been his intention to demonstrate to both white and black America that African Americans were capable of producing great intelligence, great wisdom, and great art. In God’s Trombones, written at the height of the Harlem Renaissance, Johnson honors the contributions of African American preachers and demonstrates the artistry of their preaching.


Target Market | Dallas - Let There Be 


Fried Green Tomatoes is a 1991 comedy-drama film based on the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.  Directed by Jon Avnet and written by Flagg and Carol Sobieski, it stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mary-Louise Parker.  It tells the story of a Depression-era friendship between two women, Ruth and Idgie, and a 1980s friendship between Evelyn, a middle-aged housewife, and Ninny, an elderly woman who knew Ruth and Idgie. The centerpiece and parallel story concerns the murder of Ruth's abusive husband and the accusations that follow. The film received a generally positive reception from film critics and was nominated for two Academy Awards.


The Plot

On one of trapped housewife Evelyn Couch's (Kathy Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a colorful old woman who brightens Evelyn's outlook by sharing tales from her past. As Ninny recounts the exploits of her free-spirited sister-in-law Idgie (Mary Stuart Masterson), owner of a small Alabama café in the 1920s, and the bond Idgie shared with her friend Ruth (Mary-Louise Parker), Evelyn gains the confidence to change her own life for the better.


Target Market | Broadway - Old is Gold - Thoroughly Modern Classics Project



Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it,Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. Hence, the film contains several extended concert sequences. The film grossed more than US$80 million at the box office and became a cult classic.  Purple Rain is the only feature film starring Prince that he did not direct. The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, currently the last film to receive the award.  


The Plot

A victim of his own anger, the Kid (Prince) is a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid making the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day), looks to steal the Kid's spotlight -- and his girl.


Target Market | Broadway - Serendipity

 Loving v. Virginia, 388 U.S. 1 is a landmark civil rights decision of the United States Supreme Court, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage. The case was brought by Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man, who had been sentenced to a year in prison in Virginia for marrying each other. Their marriage violated the state's anti-miscegenation statute, the Racial Integrity Act of 1924. The Supreme Court's unanimous decision determined that this prohibition was unconstitutional, reversing Pace v. Alabama (1883) and ending all race-based legal restrictions on marriage in the United States.  Beginning in 2013, it was cited as precedent in U.S. federal court decisions holding restrictions on same-sex marriage in the United States unconstitutional, including in the 2015 Supreme Court decision Obergefell v. Hodges.


Mr. & Mrs. Loving  is a true and wonderful genuine love story in which the Lovings an interracial couple from Virginia marry in America's segregation era and feel the full impact of the old Jim Crow laws.  On their wedding night the Lovings are dragged from their beds and thrown unceremoniously into jail.  Richard Loving is freed a day later because he is white but his wife has to languish in jail for another seven days before she is informed of what "crime" she has committed. The Lovings are invited by the judge to accept jail or be banished from the state for 25 years. After choosing the latter, the Lovings find it impossible to shake off the homesickness for old friends and family and decide to secretly return home. The focus of this new musical will be on the emotional chemistry between the couple and how their right to live without being harassed by the state of Virginia or separated from their extended family is a matter of personal dignity and essential to the integrity of American society.


Target Market | Broadway - Bet on Black - The Ebony & Ivory Project 



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