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‘Cotton Patch Gospel’ in DeKalb

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:40 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:41 a.m. CDT

“Cotton Patch Gospel, the greatest story ever retold,” will be presented by Phillip Kaufmann as a one-man musical at 2 and 7 p.m. April 5 at Stage Coach Theater, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb.

This full-length, two-act musical experience has its origins in the vernacular translation of the book of Matthew, written by Clarence Jordan, who founded the Christian farm community Koinonia Farm, Ga., in 1942.

Actor-playwright Tom Key, inspired by Jordan’s writing, further developed the story of how Joe Davidson and Mary Hagler raised a most miraculous human. Those old Bible stories take on a new twist when translated into a 20th century, Georgia setting.

After hearing the original one-man show, renowned singer/songwriter Harry Chapin was inspired to write music and lyrics and turned the show into a toe-tapping musical.

Kaufmann first saw this show in 1984 and had the chance to be part of the band in a full-cast production in 2000. This time Kaufmann is taking the show back to its one-man roots with Chapin’s music for a one-of-a-kind show.

Since 2011, Kaufmann has performed the show 90 times, raising more than $95,000 for efforts to fight hunger.Chapin devoted much of his talent and efforts toward the goal of eradicating hunger.

There will be a $10 admission and free-will offering, with all proceeds from this show going to support local food programs including Feed’em Soup, and world food programs WHYHunger and Mennonite Central Committee.

Tickets will be avilable for advance sale at local churches and at the door.

For show information, visit, or call Judy Harris at 815-758-6691 or Mike Stewart at 815-751-0190.

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