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And The Ass Saw The Angel 

When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:15 p.m. Continues through June 6 2015
Price: $5-$20



Religious beliefs can mutate in the backwoods and hills of the American South. We see its more benign forms in the outsider artworks of William Thomas Thompson and Howard Finster. But in what Flannery O'Connor called this "Christ-haunted" land, people have died convinced that God demanded they regularly pick up rattlesnakes; other interpreters of scripture have organized brutal ethnic and racial cleansing campaigns from their beliefs. It's hard to outstrip a legacy like that, but Nick Cave tried in And the Ass Saw the Angel, his relentless 1989 Southern Gothic novel detailing the vicious beliefs of an isolated cult and the tender mercies visited upon central character Euchrid, an outcast mute given to ecstatic—and darker—visions. Dana Marks directs the premiere of this adaptation by John Fidel Justice and Jaybird O'Berski, one of the most anticipated Little Green Pig productions in recent years. 8:15 p.m. Thurs.–Sat. and Weds. June 3, $5–$20, 703 Foster St., Durham, 919-682-3343, —Byron Woods



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