TIFFIN — The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin, is staging “Messiah on the Frigidaire” by John Culbertson at 7:30 p.m. July 13, 14 and 21 and 2 p.m. July 22.
Tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for students.
The small town of Elroy, S.C., is thrust into the evangelical spotlight when what seems to be the image of Jesus appears on a refrigerator in a trailer park. The discovery by Lou Ann Hightower, her husband Dwayne and her best friend Betsy sets into motion a frenzy of conflict, communion and good old-fashioned commerce.
When the national investigator turns the appearance into front-page headlines, their trailer park becomes a mecca for miracle seekers, soul searchers and disciples with a decidedly political agenda. At the urging of the town’s business leaders, Betsy pretends to get messages from the appliance-based apparition, and the crowds multiply like loaves and fishes.
Through the ordeal, the three undergo an evolution in their relationships with each other, and they are forced to come to grips with their lowly status in the caste system of the rural South. In a region where religion is as much a part of life as grits and cotton fields, God surely moves in mysterious ways.