The Gospel of John
Presented by The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture
November 30, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Conceived & Performed by Ken Jennings
Directed by John Pietrowski
All Matinees: Regular: $50 / VIP: $65
Student Rush:$25 with a valid current student ID.
$30 under 30
Available an hour before any performance in person at the box office.
Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission.
Late seating is entirely at the discretion of management
“Plays can bring spiritual solace. On the unadorned stage, two flights below Bleecker Street, the actor Ken Jennings had only a single prop: a compact Bible. When theater is a religious experience, faith has a powerful role.” – The New York Times
“Make no mistake about it, Jennings gives a thrilling performance. The phrase ‘tour de force’ is often bandied about to distinguish a one-person show. What makes Jennings’ execution all the more remarkable, and especially deserving of the tour-de-force appellation, is his ability to make the discursive, nearly two-millennia-old, literary work pulse with urgency and wonderment. With direction by John Pietrowski, Jennings animates the biblical figures with distinctive characteristics. …Masterful storytelling.” – James Wilson, Talkin Broadway
“Jennings’ presentation is very personal, profoundly felt. A heartfelt and captivating performance. The Sheen’s production of The Gospel of John offers a gripping narrative conveyed by a compelling actor, who captures the exquisite beauty of its language and brings immediacy and understanding to the age-old story.” – DC Metro Arts
“Ken Jennings really makes it come to life! Hats off to Ken Jennings who really does a tremendous job. One of the wonderful things about it is that it is cleverly staged (by) John Pietrowski (who) uses the space in an imaginative way.” – Broadway Radio
“Just in time for the Christmas Season, a solo stage version of The Gospel of John with veteran actor Ken Jennings. I would everyone to go see it.” – Raymond Arroyo, The World Over, EWTN
“Especially remarkable … Ken Jennings can strike sparks off John’s Gospel. In “The Gospel of John” we have a fine exemplar of the unique witness theater can bear. There is no gainsaying the power of hearing Scripture spoken aloud from start to finish. To witness them live, without interruption, is a unique blessing. A straightforward, often spellbinding staging by the director John Pietrowski.” – America Magazine
“One of the best Christmas shows in NYC this holiday season.” – Time Out New York
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God. And the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth: we have beheld his glory... (John 1:1,14)
This Christmas, experience the Gospel as never before!
The Gospel of John, conceived and performed by award-winning Broadway veteran Ken Jennings (Sweeney Todd, Grand Hotel, Side Show) and directed by John Pietrowski.
Jennings brings the Gospel powerfully to life in a thrilling 90-minute solo performance.“I memorized this first as a prayer, not as a play,” said Ken.
“Memorizing The Gospel of John was a spiritual practice during a difficult time in my life. I’ve always had an affinity for John, which seems to be a truly firsthand narrative by a man who was actually there.”
St. John’s Gospel is breathtakingly poetic, containing soaring theology, yet it is filled from start to finish with eyewitness details that came from John’s life with Jesus. This written testimony from John’s personal experience has been proclaimed all over the world for millennia. Ken will tell it to audiences as if for the first time, as it was originally told by the Beloved Disciple – so that they too may have a personal encounter with Jesus during this Advent-Christmas season.
Grades 6-12 and up
*Photography by Maria Baranova
Regular Performances: General Admission: $60 and $75 VIP premium reserved seating
All Matinees: General admission: $50 and $65 VIP premium reserved seating
*Student rush tickets will be available an hour before any performance for $25 with a valid current student ID. $30 under 30 available in person at the box office. Both are limited by ticket availability.
For groups of 10 or more, please contact GreatWhiteWay.com at 212-757-9117
Now booking school field trips on December 3, 5, 10, 12 at 11:00 am! Pricing for school groups is only $25/ticket. For more information, please contact the box office at (212) 925-2812