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Wofford College to present ‘Story of Albert Schweitzer’

December 20, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will present author and dramatist Ron Levin in his one-man show, “Scenes from a Life: The Story of Albert Schweitzer,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, in the Tony White Theater in the Raines Center.

The show is free and open to the public.

Schweitzer dedicated his life to helping others as a medical missionary in French Equatorial Africa. “Scenes” had its premiere at the Peace Center in Greenville, S.C., to a capacity audience and garnered high marks. More than the usual monologue, the production employs a dramatic set and an audio track that captures the sounds of Albert Schweitzer’s world with realism. These elements are woven into the on-stage live narrative during the one-hour production.

The missionary, who died in 1965, won the Nobel Prize for his work in medicine in the untamed world in the early 20th century. Levin notes, “Schweitzer said, ‘I wanted my life to be my religion,’ and so it was. His presence rose out of the African landscape like one of the great trees. Schweitzer took root in the rainforest of Gabon, towering over adversity, hardship and in so doing, proved many wrong who thought his decision to go there had been absurd – indeed the act of a fool.”

Levin notes that while Schweitzer’s death was noted properly, “history is smoothed over like a stretch of sand. ‘Scenes From a Life’ is a marker for us – it has the power to point us in a new direction. Schweitzer admonished those who thought they had their lives all figured out, neatly plotted on paper or as the case might be today, in a computer file. It seemed to him that our lives were nothing more than a patchwork of mistakes and miracles, all sewn together by the golden thread of God’s grade. That says it best.”

Levin is a veteran of one-man shows, including portrayals of church leaders Martin Luther, John Wesley and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia, he attended a Christian seminary and later served as pastor of a small church in Georgia. He has worked as a jazz musician, journalist, business owner and college professor, and has authored four books.