Religion, money intertwine in 'Virtual Devotion,' opening Friday at Hole in the Wall Theater

Published on Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:10
Written by Karla Santos

@KarlaSantosNBH

NEW BRITAIN - “Virtual Devotion,” a play by Eric Coble, will be presented at the Hole in the Wall Theater starting tonight at 8

The production will be performed on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. until Aug. 10.

Friday, July 26, is “pay what you can night” and July 28 is matinee Sunday, with the show starting at 2 p.m.

“Virtual Devotion” is directed by Luis Marrero, a board member of the theater, and produced by Mary Roane.

“I wanted to do a show that I had previously done because I’m a new director,” Marrero said. “But also, I sort of enjoyed the show the first time around. I enjoy the themes of money and religion not mixing very well. I thought it’s a sort of important message we should have in today’s society.”

“Virtual Devotion” has a cast f about eight people, with about four main characters who try to make a connection through faith and money.

Hole in the Wall’s philosophy is that theater should be available to all, even if they are unable to pay.

“I think there’s a part of a community theater that has almost a religious aspect in itself where you join a community and you go to a show and you are just sitting there watching the show like you would watch a Mass,” Marrero said. “I think that is not just the one show that people should go to. I think that people should participate in theater as a community. Yes, I want people to come to my show, but I also want people to take a look at our theater and see if it’s right for them and join us and enjoy themselves with us.”

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors (62 and older) and students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at hitw.org.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. 1:30 for the July 28 matinee. Free parking is available at the Chestnut Street garage. Hole in the Wall Theater is “bring your own bottle” friendly.

The Hole in the Wall Theater presented its first production in 1972 and continues to produce shows and community events throughout the year.

To learn more about the theater, visit hitw.org or call 860-229-3049.

Karla Santos can be reached at 860-801-5079 or ksantos@centralctcommunications.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, , New Britain on Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:10. Updated: Thursday, 18 July 2019 17:12.