Plays focus on real life stories of Kansas Citians

The Festival of Faiths, a metro-wide interfaith undertaking, opens its 2012 run tonight with the highly-praised play ‘The Hindu and the Cowboy’ at the Plaza Library in Kansas City.

Using interviews with people in Midtown, Donna Ziegenhorn has transformed their stories into compelling performance.

The play, written by Donna Ziegenhorn, tells the story of Kansas City area residents of different faiths and cultures. The play is a centerpiece of this year’s festival and will be repeated next Monday, October 8, at Avila University in Orschein Memorial Chapel, Foyle Hall. Both performances are at 7 p.m.

A new play by Ziegenhorn, ‘Bingo on the Boulevard,’ will be introduced at this year’s festival at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 7, at the Plaza Library. It focuses on the diversity of Midtown. The performances are staged by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theater. All the performances are free and open to the public

Over the years, the festival has incorporated speakers, art events, discussion groups and other methods of promoting interfaith exposure and understanding.

The festival started when the group from the original leadership team realized that:

Kansas City includes a wealth of various religions, spiritual practices and interfaith activities.
Religion is a major theme in current local, national and international society.
Many people are struggling to understand their own faiths and people of faiths which differ from their own.

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