The Northwestern Summer Dinner Theatre will present the musical “Cotton Patch Gospel” June 16-19 and 23-26 and the mystery “Marriage Can Be Murder” July 22-24, 29-31 and Aug. 5-7.


The Northwestern Summer Dinner Theatre will present the musical “Cotton Patch Gospel” June 16-19 and 23-26 and the mystery “Marriage Can Be Murder” July 22-24, 29-31 and Aug. 5-7.
 
Both plays will be performed on the A.A. Fredericks Auditorium Stage. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25, which includes the meal and the show. Reservations are required. For more information or to make reservations, call (318) 357-4483.
 
“Cotton Patch Gospel” is based on the book, “The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John” by Clarence Jordan. The show is set in Georgia and is a contemporary retelling of the life of Jesus.
 
Jordan describes the story as an “approach to the scriptures to help the modern reader have the same sense of participation in them which the early Christians must have had.
 
“Translations have left us stranded in some faraway land in the long-distant past. We need to have it come in our tongue and our time. We want to be participants in the faith not merely spectators.”
 
In reviewing “Cotton Patch Gospel,” Contemporary Christian Music called it “A dream come true. A breath of fresh air. Something good is happening. A reverential retelling of the book of Matthew. It takes the Bible’s passionate intensity and directness for contemporary meaning into the popular vein without diluting it.”
 
Pia Wyatt is the director.
 
"Marriage Can Be Murder" is a murder mystery that takes place at the wedding and reception of Lisa and Michael. Everything of course goes awry as wedding bliss turns to murder.  Audience members will laugh till they cry trying to figure out this whodunit in this silly trip down the aisle. This comic production is interactive as the cast of characters serves a four-course dinner to the audience of amateur detectives.
 
Scott Burrell is the director.
 
A play for children, “Mother Goose Mysteries” will be presented July 7-10 and 14-17 at 1 p.m. in Theatre West. Tickets are $4.