A modern-day Pontius Pilate is being sent to the hostile territory of Judea to restore order. The politically savvy Pilate must negotiate with competing religious leaders and watch out for those in Rome bent on his destruction, while remaining in the good graces of Caesar Augustus. Ecce chronicles the events that lead to a world-changing decision – the terrorist or the Nazarene – and the man who was charged with making that decision. Ecce is not biblical. Ecce is political, personal, and paradoxical – an age-old tale told in a modern voice. Ecce is a collaboration between the Friends of Dogwood Dell and the African American Repertory Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more, and $5 for Acts of Faith participants, and are available at For information call (804)646-1031.

African American Repertory Theatre To Present Political Thriller,
Ecce, in Acts of Faith Festival

Production is in partnership with Friends of Dogwood Dell

(Richmond, VA) – The African American Repertory Theatre of Virginia (AART) and Friends of Dogwood Dell
present Ecce, by emerging Washington, DC-based playwright A.P. Carroll, on February 28th through March
10th at Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center located at 4901 Old Brook Road.

Directed by Rochelle Turnage, Ecce, is a modern historical interpretation of the Crucifixion of Jesus, but at
the center of this story lies Pontius Pilate, a well–meaning but ambitious politician. Ecce is not biblical. It is
political, personal and paradoxical — a familiar story told in a modern voice.

The Roman occupation of Israel and the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth took place not two thousand years
ago, but in the present day. A modern-day Pontius Pilate has just been appointed governor of Judea, a hostile
territory whose people see Rome as a force bent on destroying their way of life. The political savvy Pilate must
negotiate with competing religious and legislative forces in Jerusalem, capture a terrorist, watch out for those
in Rome bent on his destruction, remain in the good graces of Caesar Augustus and ultimately decide who lives
and who dies — the terrorist or the pacifist.

Ecce, stars Todd Schall-Vess (Pilate) and Ray Taliib-Dean (Caesar), and is a new addition to the Acts of
Faith Festival. The Acts of Faith Festival is America’s largest faith-inspired theatre event and is in its 9th year
in Richmond. The festival explores faith through theatre. Second Presbyterian Church is the convening sponsor
of this collaboration between the faith community and professional theatre companies.

The Artistic Staff includes: Rochelle Turnage – Director, Barbara Brock – Costume Designer, Greta
Daughtrey – Lighting Designer, Todd Schall-Vess — Set/Sound Designer.

Post-show talk backs will be held following performances on opening night February 28th and on March 8th,
with the writer, A.P. Carroll.

Opening night will be 8:30 p.m. Other show times are 8 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 4 p.m. on
Sundays. Tickets are available by calling 804.646.1031 or online at General Admission is
$15/adult; Students & RAPT members — $12/person. Groups (10 or more) — $12/person.

Funding sponsors are City of Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Friends of Dogwood Dell,
and Carpenter Fund.

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