The Gospel According to James
May 14Jun 12, 2011
By Charles Smith


Chuck Smith


Charles Smith


Kelsey Brennan: Mary
André De Shields: James
Zach Kenney: Claude
Wardell Julius Clark: Tommy
Linda Kimbrough: Marie
Diane Kondrat: Bea
Christopher Jon Martin: Hoot
Anthony Peeples: Apples
Tyler Jacob Rollinson: Abe


n the Indiana of 1930, the dangerous energy surrounding a group of teenagers desperate to break out of their small town results in a shocking double lynching. When the two sole survivors meet years later, very different versions of what happened down that lonely country road begin to emerge. Inspired by the infamous true story, The Gospel According to James considers America’s tangled feelings about the racism and sexism of our shared past–and our responsibility to honestly accept who we are so we can face the future together.

Featuring a cast led by Emmy Winner and Tony Nominee Andre De Shields, VG Playwrights Ensemble Member Charles Smith’s The Gospel According to James comes to Victory Gardens straight from its world premiere last spring at Indiana Repertory Theatre, where it captivated audiences with its powerful story of redemption.

Production Team

Chuck Smith: Director
Rachel Healy: Costume Designer
Linda Buchanan: Set Designer
Kathy Perkins: Lighting Designer
Ray Nardelli and Josh Horvath: Composers and Sound Designers
Todd Hensley: Lighting Designer
Tina Jach: Stage Manager