The Gospel According to James by Charles Smith, is based upon the August 1930 double lynching in Marion, Indiana that has been immortalized by the now iconic Lawrence Beitler photograph.

The play depicts a fictional meeting between the man who survived the double lynching, James Cameron, and the woman who claimed to have been raped but later recanted, Mary Ball. As they recount the events of that night, the play uses the lynching as a fulcrum to explore how shifting memory has created what we now understand to be an immutable history.

The Gospel According to James was commissioned by the Indiana Repertory Theatre through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Joyce Foundation. The Brick Monkey reading of the play will be the very first public presentation of the play that is still in development. The reading will be directed by Brick Monkey Ensemble member Dennis Delaney and will feature Brick Monkey Ensemble members …

7:30 pm Sunday, April 18, 2010
400 Robert Glidden Recital Hall
Admission is Free

The play will receive its World Premiere production at the Indiana Repertory Theater in March of 2011 and will receive a subsequent production by the Tony Award-winning Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago in May of 2011.

Charles Smith is Head of the Professional Playwriting Program at Ohio University and is a member of the Playwrights Ensemble at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. His plays have been produced across the United States and in Australia. His award-winning play Freed, about John Newton Templeton who was the first African-American to attend Ohio University, will open Off-Broadway in June. His play Knock Me a Kiss, which was recently produced at the Ohio University School of Theater, will open Off-Broadway in November.