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Fire in the Heart

Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 2:00 p.m.

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Directed by Deborah Allen and Delores Burgess

2019 Stories List

Deborah Allen
Deborah was a teenage runaway who figured out how to come “home” to herself after being raped at 14 and then molested by the minister assigned to help her heal. Creating FIRE IN THE HEART in 2012 was the beginning of using her art form, theater, to save her life, and her thread was a song by Leonard Cohen, Sisters of Mercy. 

Delores Burgess
After learning she has breast cancer, Delores used her gifts as an actor to create an award-winning one-woman show that explores 9 unforgettable characters on her journey. Her life as a recording gospel artist serves as a thread to championing her own wholeness. She has been a founding director of FIRE IN THE HEART with Deborah since 2012.

Lisa Lancaster
A cello prodigy at an early age (continuing on to Juilliard and Carnegie Hall) Lisa left behind a family decimated by ongoing sexual abuse. She discovered how her cello, like the human body, can be either muted by trauma or, with help and love, set free to play as it was designed. She shares with the audience how trauma heals, using her gift as a musician to help us hear and see.

Brittney Buffo
As the child of an alcoholic mother, Brittney gave up dancing when she found her mother passed out at a children’s dance competition. Her mother’s death compounded her feelings that dance would only bring her grief. But Brittney’s journey brought her to acting and storytelling, and finally to dance again at 36, with help from the Alvin Ailey dance conservatory dancers.

Anjali Tata Huston
Anjali found that mid-life brought a surprising crisis in the form of disabling anxiety. She uses her own art form, dance, to explore how she can come back to herself and her own center, and how both her art form, Contemporary Indian Dance, and poetry serve to help her heal.

Stephan Terry
Stephan’s award-winning work as a musical director in Los Angeles, and his work with young people using the arts to heal helped hold him steady when his family was hurt by gun violence. He uses his hip hop, rap and R and B music to come back to center and reach out, again and again, to help others.

Tom North
As a member of a family made famous for its harmony in the film Yours, Mine and Ours (Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda), it took Tom years to tell the truth behind the public persona. Finally breaking free by writing his best-selling memoir, TRUE NORTH, Tom tells his story of why he chose not to use a gun to change the fate of his family.

Peter Van Veldhuizen
As a well-respected oncologist in Kansas City, it took the death of a dear colleague and the film he helped make about him to support Dr. Van Veldhuizen to tell his own story.  Like many children abused by the clergy, the trauma took a huge human toll, and telling his story brings him closer to finding his own voice and strengthening his life to create a way to help other young people recover.

Jose Faus
KC poet and writer Jose Faus uses his gift as a poet to explore his experience as an immigrant from Columbia and the threads of separation and racism that he experiences coming towards him and coming from him. His courage as a writer helps all of us look at the difficulty caused by making someone an Other. 

Judith Schmidt
Poet, writer and psychologist Judith Schmidt tells the story of her journey to the small village where her Jewish family was murdered during the Shoah, the Catastrophe.  Using examples from Jewish philosophers, she explores the need to see each other as whole human beings, and how that can be possible in the most unbearable circumstances.

Aimee Larabee
Award-winning Kansas City filmmaker Aimee Larabee uses her art form to help all of us record the journey from the edge of what we can bear and home again. Her film (with Dr. Van Veldhuzien) Patient: A Surgeon’s Journey introduces Dr. Jeffrey Piehler to our audiences and how his journey inspired another one of our cast, Dr. Peter Van Veldhuizen.

Jaeda Dickens
A sixteen-year old girl struggles with depression and has a hard time getting out of bed. At KC Superstar, she speaks of the song that helped her carry her life forward. She inspired the directors of Fire in the Heart and we are delighted to have her join the company.

Tyrone Aiken Friends of Alvin Ailey KC
There is no other arts organization like the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. We not only use dance to inspire more than 28,000 young people each year, we also use it to bring people together from a variety of racial, social and ethnic backgrounds. Since 1984, our efforts have reached more than 1.2 million youth in our community. With your help, we can reach even more.

Second Missionary Baptist Church Choir
For nearly four decades, Second Missionary Baptist Church has been a church on fire for the Lord being committed to the mission of glorifying God’s kingdom, honoring Christ, and serving His people.  We have dedicated our resources to reaching a dying world through a living God after being founded in 1978 by the late Dr. Donald D. Ford, I, with three charter members. In July of 2018, Second Missionary installed its second Senior Pastor, Bishop John Lewis, Jr. to lead the congregation. The church continues to blossom under God’s Vision of “Reaching, Reclaiming and Retraining for Kingdom Reigning.”  The CHOIR will be joining FIRE for musical magic.

Max Levy
Max Levy is a jazz saxophonist who originally hails from North Carolina. He currently leads his own group that performs a variety of originals and straight-ahead jazz music. They have been featured throughout the US from the east coast to the Midwest. Max can also be seen performing with other prominent groups including The Sextet, Hard@Play, musical pit orchestras and many others. He will be working with poet JOSE FAUS in the show, as well as supporting our pre-show and VIP reception.

Rabbi Javier Cattapan
Rabbi Cattapan is a native of Argentina. He came to the U.S in 1994 to attend Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rabbi Cattapan received his M. A. in Hebrew Letters in 1997, and 1998 was ordained as a rabbi at the HUC-JIR in Cincinnati. In 2004, Rabbi Cattapan earned his M. Phil. in Hebraic and Cognate Studies. After ordination, he taught Modern Hebrew at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Before coming to Beth Torah, Rabbi Cattapan served synagogues in Indiana and Ohio. On July 1st, 2016 he became the spiritual leader as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Torah in Overland Park, Kansas.

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