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Oberst to present The Book of Genesis at Strand Theater

  • Friday, December 20, 2013

  • Updated Thursday, December 26, 2013 10:52 am

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Georgetown native Bill Oberst Jr. is coming home for a brand new one-man presentation of the Book Of Genesis.

The recitation will take place at the Strand Theater on Front Street in Georgetown on Saturday, January 11th at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The first book of the Bible and of The Torah, Genesis is an ancient text whose authorship is traditionally ascribed to Moses. The Hebrew name for the book, Bereshit, literally means in the beginning (also the first words of the text.) The word Genesis is a translation of a Greek word meaning origin, Oberst explains in an announcement about the production.

The recitation of Genesis will be selective but not edited, Oberst said of the 90 minute presentation.

“The big stories are all there; The Creation, The Fall, Abraham, Jacob and Esau, Joseph And His Brothers” says the actor “and they are complete. I wanted to give a big-picture show that captures the sweep and the drama of the book without asking people to sit in the theater for 3 hours.”

Oberst says he tried for a text that is faithful to the original language and fresh on the ear, using both The Amplified Bible and The Jewish Publication

Society’s Tanakh.

“There are a few surprises in the original language” he says “for instance in the Creation story the Spirit of God is also translated as A wind from God, which broods upon the face of the great deep...the language is alive and vibrant. However you choose to take it, every one of us can come to Genesis and learn something about ourselves. It is the story of us.”

A touring stage veteran who now does film and TV work in Los Angeles,

Oberst is best known for villainous roles (his performance as The Facebook

Stalker in the online Take This Lollipop was awarded a Daytime Emmy in

2012.) He says performing Genesis will be both a nice change of pace and, literally, the realization of a dream.

“I kept dreaming about doing this, over and over” he says “and finally I just said ‘OK Lord, if you’ll show me what to do, I’ll do it.’ And, as usual, He did.”

Reserved seats are $15.00 and are available by calling the theater at (843) 527-2924.

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