Players offer ‘Lilies of the Field’

Dick Dalton, as Jose, left, and Dingani Beza rehearse a scene from “Lilies of the Field.” The story, which generated discussion in the ’60s after the Sidney Poitier movie, will be told this weekend in a play put on by the Capital City Players.

Dick Dalton, as Jose, left, and Dingani Beza rehearse a scene from “Lilies of the Field.” The story, which generated discussion in the ’60s after the Sidney Poitier movie, will be told this weekend in a play put on by the Capital City Players. Photo by Kelley McCall.

It starts with a New Testament Bible verse: “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.” (Matthew 6:28, New International Version)

Then there were the Sisters of St. Walburga in Colorado, and then William Edmund Barrett’s 1962 semi-fictional novel, “Lilies of the Field,” based on the sisters’ experience.

And the big splash came with the 1963 movie, starring 36-year-old Sidney Poitier, as the outof-work handyman Homer Smith, who asks for water from some East German nuns when his car overheats in the middle of nowhere in Arizona — and gets drafted into donating his labor to build a chapel.

From Friday to Tuesday, including matinee and evening shows Saturday and Sunday, the Capital City Players are presenting a stage version of the story.

What: “Lilies of the Field” dinner theater production by Capital City Players.

Where: Shikles Auditorium, 1200 Linden Drive.

Cost: Tickets are $30 for dinner and show. Reservations are required. Call 681-9012.

When: Friday through Tuesday. Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Play at 7:30 p.m.

Matinee: Saturday and Sunday, with doors opening at noon, meal served at 12:30 p.m. and the performance at 1:30 p.m.

Website: www.capitalcityplayers.com

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