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Saturday, March 14, 2020

THE FOURTH MESSENGER—A Concert Reading at The Ark

  • Doors Open: 12:30 pm
  • Show Starts: 1:00 pm
  • Ticket Price: $15; $10 student
  • Genre: Contemporary Songwriters & Groups
  • Musical Theatre
  • Spoken Word/Stage

An Original Musical by Tanya Shaffer and Vienna Teng, directed by Rick Sperling 


What if the Buddha were a woman, living in our times? In this captivating new musical, which the San Francisco Chronicle called “an absolute delight,” Mama Sid is a modern-day “awakened one” with a worldwide following. But a determined young woman seeks to unearth Mama Sid’s mysterious past, exposing long-held secrets that could change everything. Epic and intimate, comic and profound, The Fourth Messenger investigates what it means to be both enlightened and human.

Hailed by TheaterMania as "a work of wit, grace and enlightenment" and The Huffington Post as “hugely ambitious and refreshingly original,” The Fourth Messenger features a richly lyrical score by internationally renowned five-time Independent Music Award-winning recording artist Vienna Teng and book and lyrics by nationally acclaimed playwright Tanya Shaffer. (

This special concert reading of the musical is a fundraiser for The Ark’s Artist Spotlight Series. It is directed by Ann Arborite Rick Sperling (founder and Artistic Director Emeritus of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit), Music Directed by Ben Cohen (Artistic Director of the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor), and features a stellar local cast including faculty and students from the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department.

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Fourth Messenger Trailer