Fourth Acts, the theater group at Fourth Presbyterian Church, is committed to enjoying, exploring, and expressing God’s presence through theater. One Sunday each month they present a short program—lasting thirty minutes or less—at 12:30 p.m. at the church. These “At a Glance” presentations are accompanied by coffee and light refreshments, and all are invited to enjoy these programs and time for fellowship.

In addition, Fourth Acts works with other groups at Fourth Church who wish to incorporate a theater performance or participatory component in their activities or meetings. Once a year, the group also stages, or engages in partnership with another theater group, to present a fully realized production.


Becoming Calvin

   by Ann Timmons

   Sunday, April 6
   3:00 p.m. in Buchanan Chapel

Fourth Acts will present a free staged reading of Ann Timmons’ Becoming Calvin, a play commissioned in 2009 by the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, D.C., to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. The playwright will be in attendance, and a small reception will follow the reading.

Becoming Calvin celebrates the Frenchman who was a defining figure of the Protestant Reformation. John Calvin came of age during the Renaissance, but he became a man for all time. The events of his life remain surprisingly relevant: modern audiences will recognize the human drama behind shifting allegiances and challenges to authority.

Becoming Calvin explores the lives of characters living at the crossroads of history, caught up in the complex relationships between royalty and Rome and leaders of the church and leaders of state. The play takes the audience on a journey with one extraordinary young scholar as he realizes his destiny, as it asks the question, What would you give up for your freedom?

Come join Fourth Acts as we present this re-imagining of one young man’s coming of age during a time of social, political, and religious upheaval. Learn how young Jehan Cauvin became Calvin, the leader who effected such great change.


For more information about Fourth Acts, contact Rob Koon, Coordinator of Fine Arts (312.981.3593).