20th Anniversary of DoveTale – Harrisonburg, VA

Event Information

Event Type:
Open to Public

Event Date:
Dec 10, 2017

Event Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Eastern Mennonite University

Event Description

20th Anniversary of DoveTale – Harrisonburg, VA

Twenty years after it debuted, DoveTale will be performed at Eastern Mennonite University’s Lehman Auditorium on December 10, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. All ages are invited to this family-friendly show which brings a humorous and poignant look into the hearts and minds of Joseph, Mary, and the Angel Gabriel as they confront the gritty realities of the birth of Christ.

Pay-what-you-will entry -- with a suggested amount of $15 per adult -- and a freewill offering during the show will benefit student scholarships through the University Fund. Each year EMU grants more than $14 million in aid for undergraduate students, many of whom are from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including first-generation and undocumented citizens.

Leading roles will be played by Lauren Zehr ‘11 as Mary; Mitchell Cole, James Madison University graduate, as Joseph; and Braydon Hoover ‘11, EMU associate director of development, as the Angel Gabriel.

The performance -- midway into EMU’s centennial year celebrations -- comes 20 years after it debuted in Harrisonburg, Virginia, at Community Mennonite Church. It also comes 10 years after the tragic loss of Lee E. Eshleman ‘87, writer and actor, designer in EMU’s marketing and communications department, and beloved community member.

Eshleman, Ingrid DeSanctis ‘88, and Ted Swartz '89, MACL '92, co-wrote and produced the play. The trio performed DoveTale for 10 years prior to Eshleman’s death in 2007. For this performance, Swartz and DeSanctis will make cameo appearances as Zechariah and Elizabeth, uncle and aunt of Mary.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. with the performance beginning at begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may not be purchased in advance. Cash, checks and credit cards will be taken at the door for entry. Cash and checks written to Eastern Mennonite University will be welcome for the freewill offering.