Neva has seen all sides of the stage in her professional life as a dramatist. With acting credits in over 60 productions, writing credits, directing and producing credits numbering more than 20 shows, and countless other engagements, Neva has seen and done it all. Of her current performance she says: "I wrote 'Raptured: the Disappearance and Discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson' to provide the role of an aging superstar for an older woman. Sister Aimee is also very modern for her times."
Synopsis: Based on the hardscrabble life of entertainment evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, "Raptured" is a new play written by Neva Hutchinson.
Sister Aimee grew up in Canada, married fellow evangelist Robert Semple, and was a missionary in China. After his death, she re-married at a young age to Harold "Mack" McPherson. Feeling "the call", she left him and toured cross-country with her mother and two children, using a tent as a church building. Eventually, she founded and built the 4 Square Temple Church that stands today in Los Angeles. Her charity and media spectacles helped build her celebrity. She reached thousands of people with her preaching on the radio, and then she disappeared.
"Raptured" is about the disappearance and discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson in May of 1926. She was gone for six weeks, and claimed she had been kidnapped. A ransom was asked for and gathered. Some of her public believed that she was not kidnapped, but with her married lover, Kenneth Ormiston in a bungalow by the sea. She was called up to a Grand Jury trial on charges of loose morals.
"Raptured: the Disappearance and Discovery of Aimee Semple McPherson" is based on facts and augmented by the author's imagination.
October 26 - November 3, 2018.
Phoenix Theatre, San Francisco.
Written by Neva Hutchinson
Directed by Ray Renati
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September 15 - October 9, 2011.
Written by award-winning playwright Adriana Sevahn Nichols. Directed by Hafiz Karmali with original music by Penka Kouneva. Commissioned by Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative at the Magic Theatre (Fort Mason Center).
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