The Live off Broadway presentation of The Gospel of John by actor Brad Sherrill has been performed all over the world. It has been presented in New York City’s historic Lamb’s Theatre, at professional theaters in Chicago, Washington D.C., Toronto and Atlanta and in historic cathedrals in the U.K. and Ireland and next month it will be presented in Monroe.
According to the press release, it took nearly five months for actor Brad Sherrill to memorize all 20,000 words of The Gospel of John. He initially intended to perform it just once at his home church in Atlanta in 2001, but has now performed it more than 600 times.
On Friday, April 17, at 7 pm Sherrill will bring his celebrated touring performance to Grace-Monroe Church at the Monroe Cotton Mills in Monroe, GA (601 S. Madison Ave. Monroe, GA 30655).
With very simple props used in a variety of ways, Sherrill is reported to transform the gospel into a captivating drama, presenting the entire story of the life, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This performance has now been seen by an estimated 180,000 people worldwide. Responsew to The Gospel of John has been overwhelmingly positive from clergy, lay members and the press.
“An amazing achievement!” Kathy Janich wrote in her review for the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The overriding question here is whether the word of God can work as a drama. Sherrill proves that it most certainly and successfully can. You need only watch him as John the Baptist, testifying to his first sighting of Jesus Christ, to become a believer. And this moment comes less than 10 minutes into the show.”
The Washington Post wrote: “The Gospel of John is a sweaty, gritty tale of a miracle-working idealist who runs afoul of the law. Passion, longing, envy, greed, ambition, intrigue and betrayal — it’s all here, and it is riveting!”
Brad Sherrill has acted professionally in Atlanta since 1983. He was selected by Atlanta Magazine in 2000 as Atlanta’s Best Dramatic Actor and by Creative Loafing in 2001 as Atlanta’s Best Actor. He has performed in 20 productions at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre and is an Artistic Associate for the Georgia Shakespeare Theatre where he has acted in over 50 productions in 24 seasons. Sherrill began acting at the age of 11 at Chamblee First United Methodist Church where he is still a member.
Performance website: www.gospelofjohn.com. Ticket website: http://my.gfc.tv