Feel the Spirit

Written by Noelle Viñas

Directed by Directed by Elizabeth Carter

Run time: 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no intermission

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Season Sponsors: Don Kaufman & Carol Amyx | Craig & Kathy Moody | Richard Nelson & Jan Berman | Bibi Tiphane

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Our world premiere Zoom commission follows a young, queer pastor attempting to navigate her new congregation’s shift to online worship due to COVID-19. As seasons change outside and the flat timeline of quarantine continues, the church fights to maintain a practice that rotates around fellowship and community across generations and cultures when they can’t hug, cook, or sing together. Feel the Spirit is generously supported by a grant from The Tournesol Project.

What's in a name?

Perhaps you noticed that we just adjusted the title of our play. It used to be Every Time I Feel the Spirit, inspired by the song of the same name. Many of us, including our playwright, have joyful associations with that song. Dr. Lynne Morrow, a local scholar and music professional, pointed out to us that the song is an African American Spiritual, and has profound significance in the African American church tradition. While we are very proud of our talented multiracial cast, creative team, and script, our story does not specifically center a Black spiritual experience. We realized that we were giving the wrong impression of the story by invoking the song's history in our title. We are grateful for the opportunity to learn and evolve. Thanks for your support!

How to see Feel the Spirit

Feel the Spirit is presented as a live Zoom performance.

To see our livestreamed performances of Feel the Spirit, first choose your preferred date below. Please note that all the times are in Pacific Time. After you purchase your ticket, you will receive an email receipt which includes a Zoom link for your show. The virtual waiting room will open 30 minutes prior to the show. We strongly recommend you arrive early so that we have time to assist you if you have any technical difficulties.

Tickets are offered on a pay-what-you-can scale. All proceeds go towards paying the artists, production team, and Shotgun staff members.

For questions about buying tickets or accessing the performance, email us at boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org. We're happy to help!

About this Zoom performance

Feel the Spirit is presented as a Zoom meeting, in the style of the church gathering in the play.

During parts of the show, you will be invited to speak and share via video, text, or in a breakout room. Participation is not mandatory, and patrons are welcome to opt in or out of sharing their audio or video at any point in time.

If you have any questions, please email us at boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org

Accessibility Options

Closed captioning: Please note that our live performance is not closed captioned. We will offer a video-on-demand recording of the performance on April 14, which will have captioning.

Audio described performance: We are offering a live audio described performance on April 11. Rachael Dichter of Gravity Access will be providing live audio description for our blind and visually impaired audience members. The audio description will happen concurrently with the live Zoom performance. We have information on how to access audio descriptions during the performance on our accessibility page.

If you are unable to join us on the 11th, we will have a video on demand audio described recording available from April 14 through May 2.

If you purchased tickets to a live performance but prefer the upcoming captioned or audio described recording, email us at boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org and we'll ensure you have access to the recording at no additional cost.


PLEASE NOTE: Tickets go off-sale at 30 minutes before each performance. If you're trying to get tickets after that point, email us at boxoffice@shotgunplayers.org for assistance!