Great plays come across once in a blue moon. Rise is definitely one of those great plays.
It is most remarkable and noteworthy that this is the first play drafted by writer Cal Barnes. I believe he may just be the next Arthur Miller.
The direction of Aaron Lyons is also quite evident, and continues his reputation as an exemplary performer and director. Last year he starred in Pulp Shakespeare, which was selected for extension during the Best of Fringe.
But the true stars of this production are Brett Colbeth as a young successful preacher and Gowrie Hayden as the lady from his past.
Growing up in church, I could totally relate to his struggles to put the past behind him and change his destiny. I also understood the motivation ...