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Bradbury by Bradbury

Returns to the IC Stage with many original cast members.

Bradbury by Bradbury (aka Cries of Faith) is a collection of one-act plays that chronicle the journey of faith. It is a cross-section of some of Ken Bradbury's greatest and most personal work. The Sermon Diaries looks at church from the perspective of a bored young kid. Saved Again is based on the author's own experience at a Baptist Bible Camp. Cross in my Pocket explores the intersection of faith and sexual identity. The Spot is one of Bradbury's most celebrated speech contest scripts that capture our universal resistance to change. The play also includes the original Camp Sunshine scene that Bradbury later turned into a full-length musical. Have a seat is a hilarious farce set in heaven's waiting room. The play concludes with Jack Boy, an allegorical good vs. evil tale.

Bradbury by Bradbury
Thurs & Fri, Nov 7 & 8 @ 7:30
Sat & Sun Nov 9 & 10 @ 2:00

Sibert Theatre at Illinois College McGaw Fine Arts Center in Jacksonville
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The Ken Bradbury Triopia Music Extravaganza Sept. 28, 2019

Join us for musical highlights from Ken's 35 years at Triopia High School.
The Ken Bradbury Foundation in partnership with Triopia High school presents a one-day-only musical performance. on Sat Sept. 28 at 2:30 pm & 7:00 pm in the Triopia small gym. The show feature songs that were written by Ken for the stage productions at Triopia during his tenure there. Many of the original performers return to the Triopia stage to reprise their high school roles.

In-between the performances, there will be a silent auction of various memorabilia from past Triopia shows. All proceeds benefit the Ken Bradbury Foundation.

Sponsors:

  • First National Bank Arenzville
  • CNB bank in Chapin
  • Burrus Seed

Tickets are $10.00 ea., cash or make check payable to The Ken Bradbury Foundation. You can purchase tickets at:

The First National Bank of Arenzville
110 S Charles Street, Arenzville

The First National Bank of Arenzville
1839 West Morton Ave, Jacksonville

CNB Bank and Trust (formerly Chapin State Bank)
510 Superior Street  Chapin

Branson Bound

An encore performans at the Hoogland in Springfield
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The Hoogland Center for the Arts, in association with the Ken Bradbury Foundation, is pleased to present Ken’s final comedy, "Branson Bound." The show is sponsored by Tom and Peggy Ryder and Timi’s Tours. "Branson Bound" centers around a group of senior passengers, a driver, a tour guide, and a reluctant young grandson who meet on a tour bus headed to Branson, Missouri. The bus breaks down, the driver disappears, and well . . . you need to see the show to find out what happens next!

Lilacs, Land, and Long-Necked Chickens

In recognition of “100 Years of Farm Bureau in Pike County”, a play written by renown playwright and actor Ken Bradbury will be performed in June. Ken put the finishing touches on the play before he passed away late last year.

“Lilacs, Land, and Long-necked Chickens—Memories of Pike County Farm Families” will have at least four performances beginning on Friday, June 14 at the Hull United Methodist Church. There will be two performances on Saturday at the Farm Bureau in Pittsfield. A matinee in Ken Bradbury’s home town of Perry will be held on Sunday at the United Methodist Church.

Tickets go on sale on May 10—the 100th anniversary date of the Pike County Farm Bureau. Individual show tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau, 1301 East Washington Street in Pittsfield or by calling 217-285-2233 for credit card purchases.

Proceeds from the show go to the Two Rivers Farm Bureau Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Pike-Scott Farm Bureau. Make checks payable to TRFB Foundation.

June 14 7:30 United Methodist Church, Hull, IL
June 15 2:00 and 7:30, Pike-Scott Farm Bureau Hall, Pittsfield, IL
June 16 2:00, United Methodist Church, Perry, IL

Branson Bound

A new play by Ken Bradbury
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Just before going into the hospital for hip surgery, Ken sent a draft of what would become his final work to a couple of good friends.
Those friends have finished and edited the script and the play is going on stage next month in Jacksonville.
Branson Bound is a hilarious ride on an overnight bus to the senior citizen promised land of Branson, MO. The cast features some of Ken’s closest friends. All proceeds will go to the Ken Bradbury Foundation and be used to fund future productions of Ken’s work.

April 26 7:00 pm
April 27 7:00 pm
April 28 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Lovejoy Hall 520 West College Jacksonville
Ticket Available at County Market in Jacksonville
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