Today Marks the Beginning, a theatrical production by ArtSpirit, was presented in Dallas on Dec. 16 and 17, 2003. It was adapted for stage from "Faces of a Plague: An Artistís Journey into the Heart of a Deadly Epidemic".

The two sold out performances raised over $40,000 as a benefit for "Adopt A Village", which is a "Save the Children" program for AIDS education, building schools, and digging water wells in Malawi.

Adapted for stage by Jeffrey Cranor and Karen Blessen
Directed by Bobbi Masters
Choreography by Jillian Sweeney Cranor
Lighting Design by Eric Cope
Introduction and Welcome by Pastor Diana Holbert
Costumes by Karyn Bloom
Sound Board Operation by Christy Williams
Technical Support by John Cobb

Djeli Moussa Diabate
Erika Jones
Angela Johnson
Eugene Lang

Peter Kasule
Gyavira Kasule

Diane Hosey
Rolanda Brigham
James Venhaus

Production Photos

Mangochi District Hospital dance scene.
Angela performs the role of Mary Kathumba.
Angela, Erika, and Eugene perform in the Mangochi Hospital scene.

Photos by Diana Holbert


:: One By One By One
:: One Bullet
:: In Mom's Eyes
:: Luck
:: A Sea of Sound
:: Diary of a Confetti Engineer
:: What Did He See From the Mountaintop?
:: Faces of a Plague
:: What turns compassion into action?
:: Today Marks the Beginning

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