( Fri., Jul. 8, 2016 - Sun., Jul. 10, 2016 )
Performed by James K. Flynn
First United Methodist Church, 190 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052
This one-man show is based on a novella by Rocky Mount native Allan Gurganus, adapted for the stage by Greensboro playwright Steve Willis. Set in the late 1980s, Blessed Assurance introduces us to Jerry. He is trying to come to terms with his job as a teenager in a post-WWII North Carolina mill town selling funeral insurance to poor black people. His unexpected friendship with one of his clients, Vesta Lotte Battle, is the crux of his sleepless nights. Mrs. Battle isa 92-year-old former slave.