Based on interviews with dozens of Kansas Citians who revealed their feelings about life, religion, and other deep matters, Donna Ziegenhorn's The Hindu and the Cowboyhas been performed nearly two dozen times around the Kansas City area since its debut in 2003.
Now the one-act play is returning in a staged reading by the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre on Monday, October 1, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
The characters are inspired by real people and situations: A young Muslim and his surprise encounter with New York City Fire Fighters after 9-11, an African-American pastor and the enslaved grandmother he'll never forget, a Polish Jew and her story of sacrifice and survival, and the Hindu and the cowboy who come face to face over the fate of land.
The performance is part of this year's Festival of Faiths Kansas City, created in 2007 and committed to advancing interfaith understanding and the building of relationships by showcasing Kansas City's rich and diverse interfaith opportunities.
Ziegenhorn has presented her own life stories in the monologues Suppressed Desire and Other Nearly True Tales and Starting with Red. For a conference of international volunteers at the University of Denver she created the play Between the Arrows, and through Chicago-based Community Performance Inc. she has designed story-based performances for communities in Colorado, Florida, and Georgia. She is associated with Kansas City Friends of Jung and the Center for Religious Experience and Study.
Her latest play, Bingo on the Boulevard, debuts on Sunday, October 7, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St., also as part of the Festival of Faiths.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.