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.
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.