The Amish Project: Press Release

amish project square cardWHO: The New Ensemble.

WHAT: “The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey. Directed by Heather Parish.

WHEN: November 6 ­ 21, 2015.

WHERE: The Voice Shop. 1296 N Wishon Avenue in Fresno’s Tower District.

WEBSITE: http://www.newensemble.com BOX OFFICE & INFORMATION: 559-376­8803

TICKETS: $10.00 ­ $12.50.

THE NEW ENSEMBLE PRESENTS SOLO­ PLAY “THE AMISH PROJECT”

A poetic one-woman show exploring the Nickel Mines Amish School Shooting of 2006and the ripple effects that tragedy and forgiveness have on a community.

Fresno, Calif. – The New Ensemble (TNE) presents the Central Valley premiere of THE AMISH PROJECT, a

solo-play by award-winning writer Jessica Dickey at The Voice Shop in Fresno from November 6th to

November 21st. At a time when mass shootings happen almost daily in our country, the events

surrounding the Nickel Mines killings stand out in our memories – not only because most Americans

could never comprehend such a thing happening among the pacifist Amish, but because the Amish

families of the victims extended forgiveness to the shooter and condolences to the shooter’s family.

 

Called “a remarkable piece of writing” by The New York Times and “unique, uplifting, and unforgettable”

by Chicago Theatre Beat, this powerful and poetic piece is a fictional exploration inspired by the 2006

killing of five girls in a hostage-taking at an Amish school in Pennsylvania. One actress (Kristin Lyn

Crase) conjures seven characters, from gunman to community members, to victims and family, and

delves into how communities are indelibly tied together in such a crisis, as well as how forgiveness and

compassion are forged in the wake of tragedy.

 

“Many people remember the Nickel Mines shooting and still, to this day, the first thing they ask is ‘The

Amish forgave him, didn’t they? How could they do that?’ says director Heather Parish. “THE AMISH

PROJECT’ touches on the how, but more importantly, it explores the why: why forgiveness, compassion

and grace is increasingly important in our society- even during our very worst moments. It is an antidote

to the pervasive blame, shame, and finger-wagging we all experience in our daily lives.”

 

“Jessica Dickey explores this with a very clever trick. She’s taken the factual outline of the events of the

Nickel Mines shooting, but rather than exploit the story in its exactness, she has told it through the loving

lense of fictional characters. These characters are inspired by the events in Nickel Mines, but by making

them fictional, they could exist anywhere. . .and could be in our community right here and now.”

 

THE AMISH PROJECT first appeared at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2008 and has since

been performed internationally. Playwright Jessica Dickey has been awarded the Barrie and Bernice Stavis

Playwright Award from the National Theater Conference 2015. The Stavis Award is given to an emerging

playwright for outstanding achievement in American theater.

 

The Amish Project plays November 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 & 21 at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinees on

November 7 and 14 at 2 p.m. at The Voice Shop, 1296 N. Wishon Avenue in Fresno’s Tower District. THE

AMISH PROJECT is rated PG-13 for moments of adult language. Tickets are $10.00 in advance or

$12.50 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.newensemble.com. Will-call reservations

can be made by calling or texting (559) 376-8803. For more information about THE AMISH PROJECT or

The New Ensemble, click to http://www.newensemble.com or e-mail info@newensemble.com

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