Major BarbaraWell known Victorian-era playwright George Bernard Shaw wrote 63 plays, many of them were widely-acclaimed. The one that’s close to the hearts of Salvation Army folks is called Major Barbara.

Written and performed for the first time on the London stage in 1905, Major Barbara tells the story of a Salvation Army officer who becomes disillusioned when the church accepts a financial gift from her wealthy father. Because the donated money came from profits on the sale of munitions and alcohol, Barbara thought the gift should be rejected.

As was his custom, Shaws plays were a way of presenting the moral and ethical dilemmas of the day in an entertaining fashion. Major Barbara is a great example of his genius. The play has been revived on Broadway four times and received Tony Award nominations and other theater awards.

From now until February 2, 2014 the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) in San Francisco is staging Major Barbara! If you buy tickets today, you can receive $10 off by using this promotional code: MAJORSA. And, ACT will donate $5 to The Salvation Army in San Francisco for each ticket sold. But remember, to get the deal, you have to buy your ticket no later than January 10.

If you go on the official opening night, January 15, you’ll see a Salvation Army brass band playing outside the theater!

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