Storytellers from GreenMan Theatre in Worship on July 8

Join us for a unique telling of the Parables of Loss*.

First Church is pleased to welcome Joe Schram and Mary-Carol Riehs to tell  the stories of The Lost Coin, The Lost Sheep, and The Lost Son (the Prodigal Son) during the 9:30 am worship service on July 8.

Thank you to Carolyn Thomas-Davidoff and the GreenMan Theatre Troupe for sharing these accomplished storytellers with us.

Joe Schram has been working with GreenMan Theatre for the last five years: acting in its Spooky Stories presentations; telling folk tales at the Elmhurst Library; and appearing in Nickel and Dimed and The McAddams Family Spring Break.  He has also appeared at the Robert Downing Theatre in Black Comedy and with the Epiphany Players in The Church Is Burning!, Oh, What a Tangled Web, and Just a Stage He’s Going Through . Joe is happily retired from teaching English  at  Immaculate Conception Catholic Prep (just across the parking lot from First  Church). There he not only directed and built sets for school plays, he wrote and directed 2 Madrigal Dinners, and appeared on stage in Grease.

Mary-Carol Riehs studied storytelling with Rives Collins at Northwestern from which she earned BA and MA degrees in Theatre. She also studied with Janice Del Negro at Dominican from which she earned an additional master’s in Library Science. In the early 2000s in Los Angeles area, she worked with The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum as an actor and as the Youth Programs Manager. Since moving to Elmhurst, she’s been active with GreenMan Theatre appearing in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Arabian Nights,  and The Matchmaker as well as several Murder Mysteries. By day she is the Access and Public Services Librarian at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.  A life-long United Methodist, Mary-Carol is a PK and was born early enough on a Sunday morning that her father was able to welcome her to the world and still conduct the 10 am service!

*These Parables are found in the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 15, Verses 2-32.