Dear Hyde Park Family,

It’s hard to explain to you what the play Duck Hunter Shoots Angel is about without giving away all the fun. The title alone should be enough to suggest that if you watch the production at The Portico on April 27-28, you will walk away thinking you’ve never quite seen anything like it. That’s assuming you are still able to think straight after laughing so hard.

It’s a story by Mitch Albom about two cheerfully clueless Alabama duck hunters who think they’ve shot an angel and the sensationalist tabloid newspaper chasing the story. What results is a chuckle-inducing culture clash, along lines of race, geography, religion, sibling rivalries and tawdry journalism. It will show you how to laugh at the many ways our stereotypes inhibit us from learning about ourselves and each other. And it will remind us that some of our most important lessons come from the most surprising places.

Oh, and I should mention that I’m in the play.

My character is “Lester,” the gruff, go-getting editor of the tabloid publication willing to do anything to spin out a good story in order to increase his audience, even if it means stretching the truth.

I would like to think I was not typecast for the role.

I hope you’ll consider watching the production. It’s a staged reading, meaning actors perform with scripts in hand but with full blocking, costumes and a minimalist set. The performances are at 7:30 p.m.¬†on Friday and Saturday, April 27 and 28. Tickets are $30, limited to 99 seats each night, and can be purchased through this link.

It may feel like a far cry from the kind of conventional ministries churches like ours offer. However, a key part of The Portico’s mission is to be a conduit through which the arts can speak to social issues. Not only does the content of the play spark insights about the human condition and our relationships with each other, a portion of the proceeds will also support Metropolitan Ministries. We are honored to work with Stageworks Theatre and their talented cast and crew to offer this wonderful event.

So join us for a time of laughter, with a whole lot of heart!


The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

P.S. If you have any difficulty with the link, please contact Andrea Graham, the Stageworks producer for this production, at (phone 813.784.6832) and she will assist you.

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