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Before she was a saint, she was a woman. Based on the novel “Sister Teresa” by New York Times bestselling author Bárbara Mujica and developed at the Actors Studio in collaboration with the novelist, God’s Gypsy by Coco Blignaut brings the dangerous and controversial life of Teresa of Ávila to life on stage. Directed by Joel Daavid, who also designed the set, and featuring original music composed and performed by Lili Haydn, the world premiere of God’s Gypsy takes place Nov. 30 through Jan. 12 at the Lillian Theatre in Hollywood.

God’s Gypsy is a bold, sexy and humanizing portrait of the 16th-century mystic who became one of the most controversial reformers of the Catholic Church. Spoiled with beauty and riches, Teresa was sent to a convent as a young girl to learn discipline, but instead discovered an unparalleled spiritual fervor. Teresa’s days of youthful romance, secret Jewish ancestry, cloak-and-dagger political dealings during the Spanish Inquisition and fits of spiritual rapture unfold in a riveting account of sisterhood, faith and the miracle of salvation through one woman’s personal relationship with God.

Culture Spot LA readers can win a pair of free tickets to the preview performance on Friday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m. Email editor@culturespotla.com with “God’s Gypsy” in the subject line for a chance to win.

Lillian Theatre,
1076 Lillian Way,
Hollywood 90038
(1½ blocks west of Vine at Santa Monica Blvd.). For tickets or information, call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.godsgypsy.com.