IF YOU GO
• What: “The Gospel of John” and “Red Letter Jesus”
• When: “The Gospel” 7:30 p.m. Friday and Sunday, “Red Letter” 2:30 p.m. Sunday
• Where: Buford Community Center Theater, 2200 Buford Highway, Buford
• Cost: $10 to $40
• For more information: Visit www.bufordcommunitycenter.com
BUFORD -- After having back surgery and gaining a lot of time during his recovery, actor Brad Sherrill decided to memorize the Gospel of John from start to finish.
Since then, Sherrill put together a one-man show called "The Gospel of John," which comes to the Buford Community Center's Sylvia Beard Theatre Friday and Sunday. The production has been seen more than 600 times since it debuted in 2001.
"I think the crowd going to be incredibly impressed that he can captivate the audience for two hours," said Jim Hammond, artistic and managing director of Gainesville Theatre Alliance, who is producing the work. "There is a real sense of ritual that occurs during the performance, no matter what faith you carry with you into the theater."
During the performance, it is Sherrill, a table, a chair, a candle and the Bible on stage as he speaks the scripture for two hours with one intermission.
"You will never look at your watch," Hammond said. "It's some pretty dramatic, powerful storytelling and he brings it to life. Yet, it is the Gospel of John word for word."
Some of the stories told include Jesus' death, burial and resurrection from the tomb.
On Sunday, Sherrill also presents his latest work, "Red Letter Jesus" at the Buford theater, which debuted earlier this year.
Unlike "The Gospel," which is verbatim, "Red Letter Jesus" is taken directly from the words of Jesus Christ from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke.
"It's more philosophical," Hammond said. "Who Jesus was, who we are and what our role should be on this earth."
This show will incorporate multimedia pieces to bring the stories to life and the footage shown during the performance was shot by Sherrill and a friend during their travels to Israel and Jordan.
"If you're faith based or Christian, it can change your life," Hammond said. "If you're not (religious), you will be blown away by the storytelling and theatrical event."