Concord University Hosting Performance Of ‘The Eleventh Hour’

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 03 2017

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,


After 4 p.m.





ATHENS, W.Va.  – The popular 4PALS Productions show “The Eleventh Hour” will be performed at Concord University on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Fine Arts Center.

There is no admission charge for the performance. The Concord campus community and the general public are invited to attend. No reservations are necessary.

Written by Vain Colby and directed by Thomas Lester, “The Eleventh Hour” is about two churches, one black and one white, and is based on the idea that worship at eleven o’clock on Sunday morning may be the most segregated hour of the week.

The black church gets destroyed by Mother Nature and the white minister invites his black brothers and sisters to worship at his church.  While the antics abound, the parishioners learn valuable lessons such as people are more alike than they are different.

Producer Skip Crane says, “This work of art is so timely for America.  I think everyone who sees this will know what I mean when they exit the theater after the show.”

“The Eleventh Hour” represents the largest cast and crew 4PALS has assembled.  “The voices, the cast, the crew, and everyone involved feel the specialness of this show.  There is definitely a tremendous message,” said Lester.

Musical Director Julie Hurley has brought voices together from the area’s African-American and Caucasian neighborhoods.  “The combination of voices is so unique, inspiring and beautiful!  We are not used to hearing this sound because most of us worship separately in our own neighborhoods,” said Hurley.  “Directing this choir has been a pure joy.”

“The Eleventh Hour” opened this past fall at the Summit Players Theatre in Bluefield, W.Va. The upcoming performance at Concord is one of three encore performances scheduled across Mercer County in honor of Black History Month. The show will also be performed at The Chuck Mathena Center in Princeton, and at Bluefield State College.

“The Eleventh Hour” is being presented at Concord with funding from a West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Diversity for Equity Grant.

For additional information contact Nancy Ellison at or 304-384-6086.





Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086

if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.