Mini play intended to make people think

Charmain Z. Brackett, Columnist

Captivated Westerns Tyrone Butlerthe child’s attention.

In one movie, a character became a philosopher by predicting that people in the future would no longer settle disputes with violence. He thought society would be more civilized and people would use other means to reconcile their differences.

This thought is at the heart of Butler’s new play, “All God’s Children Got Guns (Truth or Myth)”, which will be presented at the Augusta Mini Theater for several weekends from January 17.

“The point is to get people thinking,” Butler said.

The play itself is a western and one of the characters is called “Gun”. Is Gun the bad guy? Or is it something else?

Butler said the piece didn’t provide the answer. It’s up to the viewer to decide.

“All God’s Children Got Guns (Truth or Myth)” premieres at 8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 3 p.m. Jan. 18-20, Feb. 25-26, and Feb. 15-16 at the Judith Simon Drama Studio at the Augusta Mini Theater on Deans Bridge Road. Tickets cost between $8 and $15 with discounts for seniors, children, and groups of 10 or more.

The Augusta mini-theater is in its 44th season.

Butler examines the success of his organization by the results of students who have participated in the program. Three mini-theater alumni currently teach in the Richmond County school system – one is an orchestra director and two teach visual arts.

For more information about the organization, call (706) 722-0598 or visit

The Greater Augusta Arts Council is looking for an artist or a team of artists to create a James Brown-thematic mural at 879 Broad St. Deadline to apply is January 13. The prize amount is $32,000. To apply, visit

In other public art news, local artists Wesley L. Stewart and Matt Thomas will create a public art sculpture at the new Beacon Station Apartments across from Augusta University School of Dentistry.

Stewart and Thomas submitted a design which the Augustans voted on via the Internet. Artists will begin work soon and the sculpture is expected to be completed by the first week of April.

The winners of 4P studios‘The Second Annual Photography Exhibition will be recognized at an awards ceremony and reception from 7-9 p.m. on January 3 at 600 Wide. Last year the show was a free entry event, but this year Regina Brejda 4P studios have decided to make it an event-competition. Entrants were allowed to submit up to three works for the show, and entrants were selected on December 23.

The work of Linda Hardyretired child psychiatrist, will be exhibited at the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on January 9 and the work will be on display until February 28.

“This exhibit consists primarily of landscapes painted from photography, memory, or imagination of the Augusta region, particularly the Savannah River and the Lowcountry and salt marshes of Georgia and South Carolina,” according to a statement. Press.

The Aiken helps Aiken Art Show will take place from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, January 11 at Aiken Municipal Building.

The event is hosted by the Aiken County Community Medical Clinic, a free clinic. The works presented will include photos on canvas and paintings. There will be mocktails and light refreshments. The event is free, but donations will be accepted.

Artside takes place on the first and third Thursdays. Email Charmain at [email protected]

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