Meet Kona and Patrick!

Take a look at some of Kona and Patrick’s thoughts about working in Heaven, How I Got Here!

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Patrick

Patrick is making his debut with Provision Theater in Heaven, How I Got Here. He is a member of Inhabit Theater Company based out of McHenry and also has a “futuristic thriller” short-film named The Return coming out at the end of this year. He is slated to star in a film adaptation of the legend of Bigfoot that shoots in summer of 2016.

His father was a successful Chicago businessman before retirement (Bornquist, Inc.) and his brother Andy runs a successful lacrosse company that currently serves the Midwest (New Wave Lacrosse www.newwavelax.com)

What from HHIGH speaks to you personally?

Levi’s story speaks to me. It’s pretty universal. Every person from every class and/or race has a reason to fight back and start a revolution. It sometimes seems like a logical side effect of cultures mixing. Levi succumbs to this desire. But it’s too easy to fight for only your temporal side. There is a third option and that is the harder option and that is Christ. Laying down the swords and taking that leap of faith to follow Christ.

What do you want the audience to walk away with after they see HHIGH?

I would like the audiences to walk away inspired to take that Higher Option. Please, let’s stop the fighting and look up toward Heaven. Everyone ALWAYS has a response to any sort of gripe or complaint between classes, cultures and races. It won’t end unless we lay down our swords. And then immediately after surrendering we must fill the vacuum before the devil does.

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Is there anything about your character that you can identify with personally?

Being worldly and enjoying many blessings in the professional world but then experiencing a “fall from grace” of sorts and coming out a better person in the end (of course my journey on earth is still continuing).

Any other projects or companies you work for that you want to mention?

I am a member of Inhabit Theater Company based out of McHenry and also have a “futuristic thriller” short-film named The Return coming out at the end of this year. I am slated to star in a film adaptation of the legend of Bigfoot that shoots in summer of 2016.

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Kona is also new to Provision Theater, she is a part of Hope 31:9 Theatre Company and her next project is Milk Like Sugar with The Yard Theatre Company at Raven Theatre in January 2016. She teaches English and Drama at Sullivan House High School.

What from HHIGH speaks to you personally?

What speaks to me most is how the grace and love of God is manifested until the final moments of life and beyond.  It is also a humanistic examination of how we all have a story of how we have gotten to the point that we are at in life.

What do you want the audience to walk away with after they see HHIGH?

It is my greatest hope that if audiences don’t walk away with a more spiritual connectedness, they will walk away with a positive experience that will manifest into creating more good in the world.

Is there anything about your character that you can identify with personally?

I portray various characters, but I enjoy portraying the mother of two very strong-willed boys, as that is a reflection of real-life for me!

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Meet the Thief

What if you woke up one morning knowing that it was your last day on earth? That’s what happened to the thief on the cross, who died a few feet from Jesus.  Heaven, How I Got Here is his story, told in his own words, as he looks back from Heaven on the day that changed his eternity. This exciting world-premiere production and is adapted and directed by Provision’s Founding Artistic Director Timothy Gregory. The role of thief is played by Provision Theater Ensemble Member Rod Armentrout who answered a few questions about his experience with the show.

Rod Armentrout in Heaven, How I Got Here

Rod Armentrout in Heaven, How I Got Here

What is it about this show that speaks to you?
The same thing that has always touched me as a follower of Jesus – an infinitely patient, loving and perfect God has provided a redemptive pathway (through His son) to a short-tempered, insufferable and imperfect creature like me.

Is there anything about your character that you can identify with personally?
Levi is a man who is broken and wounded (due to circumstances beyond his control and circumstances of his own making) and often responds by lashing out in anger and pointing the finger at others.  Sounds familiar.

What do you want the audience to walk away with after they see Heaven, How I Got Here?
One of the main themes of the piece is taking personal responsibility.  I would want the audience to consider afresh how easy it can be for us humans to see the fatal flaws in others, but not in ourselves.

Rod Armentrout in rehearsal

Rod Armentrout in rehearsal