Keep Looking, Dude

Whether they're looking for a set of lost car keys, Einstein's brain, or Elvis, human beings are rarely satisfied unless they're in pursuit of some desired goal. The search for spiritual enlightenment is one of humanity's most common quests, and many such journeys have been chronicled on the stage, from New York storyteller H. R. Britton's Jesus Rant, which just appeared in San Francisco's Fringe Festival, to People's Temple, Leigh Fondakowski's 2005 drama about the tragic events leading up to the deaths in Guyana of more than 900 devotees of preacher Jim Jones. Writer, performer, and filmmaker Barry Smith beats his own path to Mecca with Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult, his solo show about the religious epiphany that led to his own journey to find Jesus. While working a dishwashing job in Aspen, Colorado, in the early 1990s, taking lots of hallucinogenic drugs, and trying to put his Southern Fundamentalist Christian past behind him, Smith came to the conclusion that Jesus had returned and was residing in Montana. With the aid of home movies, a slideshow, and self-knowing wit, Smith recounts his true-life experiences on the religious road.
Wed., Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m., 2007

 
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