End Days at Horizon Theatre (5/26/09)
On the evening of Tuesday, May 26 Cornerstone members and their guests gathered at Horizon Theatre to see a preview performance of End Days. First, everyone enjoyed a reception with time to mix and mingle and have a drink and a bite to eat.
With the theater reserved entirely for Cornerstone members and guests, and almost full, the performers of End Days took the stage and grabbed the audience’s attention from the beginning. The play introduced us to the Steins, a mother, father, and daughter, Rachel, each struggling in their own lives and as a family as they cope with the aftermath of September 11. Mr. Stein hasn’t gone outside or gotten out of his pajamas in months, Mrs. Stein, once Jewish and then Atheist, has become a Christian with Jesus always by her side (literally!), and Rachel doesn’t understand either of her parents, dresses Goth, and has visions Stephen Hawking. In walks Nelson, the new neighbor across the street, who ignites a wave of change with his positive attitude, tendency to talk too much, and love of Elvis and Rachel Stein. The result was a quirky and moving comedy about family, faith, and science.
The play received plenty of laughs during the performance, enthusiastic applause at the end, and no doubt produced a lot of discussion among friends and families after the show.