The Secret Lives of the Divine
"There are thousands of ways to kneel and kiss the ground." – Rumi
In collaboration with the Durango Dharma Center, writer and performer Sarah Syverson will present her poignant one-woman comedy show, The Secret Lives of the Divine, at the Durango Arts Center Theatre October 14 and 15.
Directed by Durango Arts Center artistic director and theatre manager Theresa Carson, the show features a dozen different characters portrayed by Syverson, who never leaves the stage during the entire show.
"The Secret Lives of the Divine is about our humanity, our deepest aspirations and the diversity of paths we take to find our way home to ourselves," says Syverson. Using humor as a bridge, she vividly brings to life each character, from Henry, a little boy struggling with imaginary monsters underneath his bed, to Jamal, an Indian Guru working for Qwest to pay the ashram bills, to Stella, a 65-year-old Jewish lady attending her first Buddhist retreat. The show has played to sold-out theaters throughout Colorado.
Join us at the Durango Arts Center for the following shows:
• 7:30 pm on Friday, October 14
• 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 15
• 7:30 pm on Saturday, October 15
The ticket price includes complimentary tea and dessert starting 30 minutes before each show. Tickets are $25 beforehand or $28 at the door. They can be purchased at Maria’s Bookshop; at the Dharma Center after Monday night sits October 3 and 10; or by phone, in person or online through the Durango Arts Center. A limited number of reduced price young-adult (26 and under) tickets will be available for $15 at the Dharma Center only. All proceeds will support the Dharma Center.
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Syverson drew on a long and diverse history of spiritual practice to write The Secret Lives of the Divine. She grew up with a predominately Lutheran heritage and spent her college years at a Jesuit university following priests and nuns around, peppering them with unanswerable questions. She has also spent a great deal of time sitting earnestly in the pews of Methodist, Episcopalian, and Universal Unitarian churches, sitting quietly at the Durango Dharma Center as well as spending nine months on the meditation cushion at Green Gulch Zen Center in California. Through all of her experiences, she has had an ever-present desire to understand the commonality we all share in striving to live a meaningful and vibrant life.
About the Writer and Performer
Sarah has been writing and producing original works for stage for the past ten years, with a focus on the poignant and often humorous (after the fact) lessons that life has to offer. She has written, co-produced and starred in Growing: Adventures in Food and Farming with Merely Players Durango. She also wrote Cowboys, Guitar Strings and a Lost Peacock for the Strater Theater summer production in Durango. She is currently a co-producer of The Raven Narratives, a quarterly live storytelling event and writes for Edible Southwest Magazine. She finds her lifelong spiritual practice the most important touchstone in her life and a sense of humor a close second. She'd like to thank her partner, Janette Harrell, for putting up with her manic writing fits and uncanny ability to take over every room of the house when creating new works.
About the Director
Theresa is the artistic director and theatre manager of the Durango Arts Center and an adjunct faculty member for the Fort Lewis College Theatre. She served as the artistic director of Sandstone Productions for six years for the City of Farmington. Favorite directing credits include Fool for Love, Rent, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Footloose, Beehive, the 60s musical, and Glengarry Glen Ross. Recent acting credits include Brooke in Other Desert Cities and Kess in Independence, both collaborations between Durango Arts Center Theatre and Merely Players of Durango, Colorado.