MFUMC’s annual Beth Berman Fund Dinner and Silent Auction was held on Thursday, October 27 in the Family Life Hall. Proceeds from the evening provide scholarships for Global Mission team members.
This year’s speaker was actor Tom Key, noted actor and creator of Cotton Patch Gospel.
Key is dedicated to the Theatrical Art Form as a catalyst to creating community. He has served as Executive Artistic Director of Theatrical Outfit since 1995 where his drive to tell “Stories That Stir The Soul” in the heart of downtown with the best artists of the city has developed the company into one of Atlanta’s major performing arts institutions.
As an actor, he has appeared in over a 100 productions from off Broadway to Los Angeles and is one of Atlanta’s most celebrated performing artists: Alliance Theater (Art, Grapes of Wrath, Candide, Our Town, A Christmas Carol), The Atlanta Ballet (Peter and the Wolf), The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (The Defiant Requiem and Beethoven’s Egmont), Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theater and Arena Stage in Washington DC (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) and Theatrical Outfit (Big RiverSuzi Winner, Young Man From Atlanta Suzi Nominee, Red Suzi Nominee).
He has performed his solo dramatization, C.S. Lewis On Stage, across North America including residencies at Harvard and Yale Universities as well as Oxford University of England. At Theatrical Outfit, he has directed Athol Fugard’s Master Harold and the Boys, Hank Williams Lost Highway, Godspell (Suzi Nominee), his adaptation of Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer,Flannery O’Connor’s The Displaced Person and Horton Foote’s The Chase and Dividing the Estate. His off-Broadway musical hit, Cotton Patch Gospel, which he created, co-authored with the late Harry Chapin, and starred in nationally continues to be one of the most celebrated and produced musicals in the Dramatic Publishing catalogue.
For more information about the Beth Berman Mission Fund or other Global Mission programs at First United Methodist Church of Marietta, contact Forrest Cate, Director of Program, at 770-429-7800, ext. 7806, or firstname.lastname@example.org.