The Amish Project
September 26 – October 20, 2013
By Jessica Dickey
Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Read about the project outcomes by clicking here and find the reviews below.
“What happens to a person when you live in a world where you can’t believe anything, and the things you don’t want to believe are actually true?”
– Carol Stuckey in The Amish Project
Latina actress Iliana Carter stars in this extraordinary, fictional, one-woman play inspired by the 2006 Nickel Mines shooting in an Amish schoolhouse. More shocking to the nation than the shooting itself was the Amish community’s immediate response of mercy and compassion. At a time when school violence is not uncommon, this thought-provoking play poses the question: when caught at the crossroads of grief, rage, and forgiveness, which path would you take?
Performances from September 26 – October 20, 2013
September 26, 27, 28, October 3 at 7:30 PM
September 29 at 2:00 PM
$15 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$20 Regular Adult
$15/ticket Group of 10 or more*
$12/ticket Non-Profit Group of 10 or more*
Press Opening Night Performance and Post-Show Party
October 4 at 7:30 PM
$30 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$40 Regular Adult
October 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 PM
October 6, 13, 20 at 2:00 PM
$22 Students & Seniors 65+ (with valid ID)
$30 Regular Adult
$22/ticket Group of 10 or more*
$15/ticket Non-Profit Group of 10 or more*
High School Matinees
October 2, 9, 16 at 10:00 AM
Please call 619-342-7395 for pricing of High School Matinees
To purchase tickets please click here or call 619-342-7395.
*Discounted group rates only valid for reservations made at least 24 hours in advance online or over the phone. They are not valid for purchases at the door on the day of the performance. Regular single ticket rates apply for all walk-in purchases made at the Box Office, even if you are affiliated with a group attending the same date. Nonprofit groups, please call 619-342-7395 to order your tickets.
**The theater has an open seating policy. If you are booking your reservation online and you or someone in your party requires accessible seating, please fill out the “Wheelchair Seats” field when requesting the total amount of seats you wish to purchase.
Education and Outreach
Three Part Arts - Click for information about Mo`olelo’s work in the schools.
Free Pre- and Post-Show Talks (subject to change, please check back for most current schedule):
Thursday, October 3 - Post-show talk with the Director of The Amish Project.
Saturday, October 5 – Post-show talk with the Director and cast of The Amish Project.
Friday, October 11 – Post-show talk: The Challenge of Nonviolence. Imagine a moment in life when violence shatters your world and every part of your being wants to retaliate with vengeance. How could you possibly untangle this dilemma in a positive way and realize a compassionate, nonviolent approach? How might a whole community grapple with the complexities? What resources are available to assist, advocate, and empower society during these struggles? Join a panel of three representatives from the Peace Campus in City Heights (Church of the Brethren, Quakers, and Peace Resource Center) for a discussion that reveals both the challenges and the power of nonviolence.
Sunday, October 13 – Post-show talk: Keeping San Diego Schools Safe From Threats and Violence. From Nickel Mines to Sandy Hook, violence has sent shock waves throughout our nation’s schools. These mass shootings are only one in a series of threats that challenge the integrity and innocence of children and youth everyday across America. As October is Bullying Prevention Awareness month, we invite you to join leaders from Canvass for a Cause, the Center for Community Solutions, and the Student Support Services Department of the SD County of Education, as well as students from Clairemont and Mission Bay GSAs, for an active post-show discussion about bullying prevention and school safety.
Saturday, October 19 - Forgiveness: Myth or Reality? The word “forgiveness” is too often bantered about in a conspicuously ambiguous and ethereal manner. In a “more forgiving than thou” world where spiritual status prevails, claims of forgiveness have turned out to be paper thin, incredulously superficial and wholeheartedly false. So, what does it really mean to achieve forgiveness? Is the forgiveness of Ghandi, Madala, Mother Teresa and the Amish humanly possible? If so, how can we measure it in action and achieve it in our lifetime? Join Dr. Ken Druck, Dayna Herrroz and members of The Jenna Druck Center’s Violent Loss Support Group in exploring and demystifying the experience of forgiveness.
Sponsors & Partners
The Samuel I. & John Henry Fox Foundation
The Arthur and Jeanette Pratt Memorial Fund
Mandell Weiss Charitable Trust
The County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program
The Amish Project Artistic Team
Playwright: Jessica Dickey*
Director: Delicia Turner Sonnenberg
Cast: Iliana Carter
Stage Manager: Marie Jahelka*
Scenic Designer: David F. Weiner
Lighting Designer: Jason Bieber
Costume Designer: Jeannie Galioto
Sound Designer: Nicholas Drashner
Community Dramaturg: Dr. Ken Druck
Dramaturgical Research: Jenna Gerdsen
Graphic Design: Seabright Studio
Illustrator: Kristina Micotti
*Members of Actor’s Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
Production Photos (all photos by CRISSY PASCUAL © 2013 INFINITE MEDIA WORKS)
Reviews & Articles
- “New Village Arts and Mo`olelo offer different shades of darkness,” by David Coddon, SD CityBeat [10/16/13]
- “A Kaleidoscope Picture from a One-Woman Tour de Force,” by Eric George Tauber, San Diego Theatre Reviews [10/15/13]
- “An Uncommon Play,” by Charlene Baldridge, San Diego Uptown News [10/11/13]
- “‘The Amish Project’ is a One-Woman Tour de Force,” by Eric George Tauber, San Diego Jewish World [10/11/13]
- “Critic’s Choice,” Night and Day issue, U-T San Diego [10/10/13]
- “Seven Shows to Know,” by James Hebert, U-T San Diego [10/10/13]
- “‘Amish Project’ at Mo`olelo a Must See Tour de Force,” by Carol Davis, The Examiner [10/8/13]
- “Mo`olelo’s “The Amish Project” by Jean Lowerison, San Diego Gay & Lesbian News [10/8/13]
- “Mo`olelo’s ‘Amish Project’ a Study in Forgiveness,” by Anne Marie Welsh, U-T San Diego [10/6/13]
- “Dealing with Tragedy Through Theater,” by David Dixon, San Diego Story [10/5/13]
- “Amish School Shooting Subject of Local Play,” by Angela Carone, KPBS [9/26/13]
- “At Mo`olelo, The Amish Project, and more,” by James Hebert, U-T San Diego [9/25/13]