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A Simple Theatre plans Miracle on South Division Street

By Tom Scherberger
Published July 10, 2014
Categories: Academics

A Simple Theatre Company, St. Petersburg’s newest professional theatre in residence at Eckerd College, will perform Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Dudzick July 31 through August 17.

The show will run Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. at  The Bininger Theatre.

The play is directed by Artistic Director Gavin Hawk, associate professor of theater at Eckerd College. The cast includes Bonnie Agan, Georgia Mallory-Guy, Becca McCoy and Stephen Ray.

Miracle on South Division Street is the story of the Nowak family, who live amid the urban rubble of Buffalo, N.Y.’s East Side. Maybe the neighborhood is depressed, but not Clara, the family matriarch. She happily runs her soup kitchen and tends to the family heirloom – a 20-ft. shrine to the Blessed Mother which adjoins the house. This neighborhood beacon of faith commemorates the day in 1942 when the Blessed Virgin Mary materialized in her father’s barber shop. When the play opens, a family meeting is in progress. Daughter Ruth divulges her plan to finally “go public” with the family miracle by creating a one-woman play about the sacred event. But during the course of the meeting, the entire family’s faith is shaken to its core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel. The results are heartfelt and hilarious.

The New York Times called the play “a sprightly, gentle comedy, where revelations that might remake a family’s sense of itself are each rolled out in service of laughter.”

Performance schedule and ticket prices:

July 31 – August 17, 2014

The Bininger Theatre

Thursday-Saturday performances at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

General Admission: $30

Students, Seniors and Actors Equity members:  $25

For tickets and more information please visit

Phone: 727-864-7811


About a Simple Theatre

Created by Tampa Bay area artists, A Simple Theatre in Residence at Eckerd College is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded on the belief that great theatere is rooted in the simplicity of compelling stories told by talented storytellers. Focusing on excellent acting, intelligent direction, elegant design, and brilliant modern playwrights, our productions will challenge, provoke, and emotionally engage our audience.