By Jay Wittmeyer
A new original play by Ted and Co. Theaterworks, titled “12 Baskets and a Goat,” will begin a campaign in partnership with the Church of the Brethren to support Heifer International. The campaign begins in Harrisonburg, Va., on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. when “12 Baskets and a Goat” will be performed at the restored old Sale Barn on Sunny Slope Farm.
All proceeds from the production, including an auction of home-made breads, will support Heifer’s work to bring families and communities out of poverty.
Already, more performances of “12 Baskets and a Goat” are in the works, hosted by Church of the Brethren congregations. The play will be performed at Tipp City, Ohio, at West Charleston Church of the Brethren on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m.; and in Elizabethtown, Pa., at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. Find links for more information below.
The Church of the Brethren, Ted and Co., and Heifer International have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to produce and promote the play and to raise funds for Heifer’s poverty alleviation programs. It is a natural point of collaboration for our organizations, we all share Dan West’s vision to find a dignified means of passing on our gifts to help others, who in turn can pass on their gifts.
The partnership has set a goal of 20 performances of “12 Baskets and a Goat” and is actively seeking churches, districts, and other organizations who would like to host performances of the play. The partnership also is seeking sponsors to underwrite performances. More information is at www.tedandcompany.com/shows/12-baskets-and-a-goat .
Information about the Harrisonburg, Va., performance at Sunny Slope Farm (1825 Sunny Slope Lane) on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. is at www.facebook.com/events/1056234061053260 and at www.tedandcompany.com/shows/12-baskets-and-a-goat .
Information about the Tipp City, Ohio, event at West Charleston Church of the Brethren on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. is at www.tedandcompany.com/events/12-baskets-and-a-goat-tipp-city-oh and at www.facebook.com/events/433476116859900 .
Information about the Elizabethtown, Pa., performance at Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren on Nov. 22 at 3 p.m. is at www.facebook.com/events/828163747304458 and at www.tedandcompany.com/events/12-baskets-and-a-goat-elizabethtown-pa .
-- Jay Wittmeyer is executive director of Global Mission and Service for the Church of the Brethren, and represents the denomination on the board of Heifer International.