One-man musical fights hunger

DeKALB – The off-Broadway musical “The Cotton Patch Gospel” is going way off-Broadway to DeKalb to raise money for local, national and international programs that help fight hunger.

The show will be presented at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at Stage Coach Theater, 126 S. Fifth St. in DeKalb. Tickets are $10, plus a free-will offering. All proceeds are used to fight hunger; half stays in DeKalb to benefit Feed’em Soup, and the other half is split between Why Hunger and the Mennonite Central Committee food program.

“The Cotton Patch Gospel” is a musical by Tom Key and Russel Trez, featuring the music of Harry Chapin. The story imagines what it would be like if Jesus were born in Gainesville, Ga., in the 20th century.

What makes this performance unique is the one-man performance by Phillip Kaufmann. With the help of audio and video technology, Kaufmann plays more than 20 characters, plays 11 instruments and performs his own backup vocals.

Over the last three years, Kaufmann has raised more than $95,000 to fight hunger through his performance.

Tickets are available at the door or by calling 815-756-0691. For more information, call Mike Steward at 815-751-0190 or visit

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