The Meadow Across the Creek

The Meadow Across the Creek:

Words from Thomas Berry

A performance piece in honor of Thomas Berry

Script and Recitation: Andrew Levitt

Music for Solo Cello and Guitar: Scott Walker

A 90-minute performance intended for adult audiences

We are now booking performances in North Carolina and beyond

Cost: $1,000 within a 60-mile radius of Greensboro, NC

(Additional travel/accommodation costs at a greater distance)

If you are interested in booking a performance, please contact Center Director, Peggy Whalen-Levitt at

When asked how we might serve the children at this time, Thomas would say, "Tell them a story." Any encounter with Thomas Berry was an encounter with the story of the universe as a great story encompassing vast reaches of time and space and also as an intimate story about you and me and him and the bluebird singing in the dogwood this very moment. In his presence one sensed the beauty of every aspect of life on earth; one felt the wonder of the extraordinary in every ordinary element of being; and one experienced our intimate kinship with all beings with whom we share the earth. When he spoke one was inspired by a sense of the place of the human in the story of the unfolding of time in the universe and by the moment of shared presence with a fern unfolding in springtime at one's feet. In his own words we can hear again how Thomas wove the immediate into the grandeur of things and how he heard each note in time for its contribution to the unfinished symphony of the cosmos.

"The Meadow Across the Creek: Words From Thomas Berry" is a performance piece in Thomas Berry's own lyrical and inspiring words. Growing up in Greensboro, NC, Thomas Berry had a "Meadow Across the Creek" experience when he was eleven years old that became a touchstone for his life and work. Mirroring this moment of mystical rapport in childhood, Thomas' prose and poetry invite others into a deep presence to Earth and Cosmos.

The Center premiered it first performance of "The Meadow Across the Creek: Words from Thomas Berry" on November 7, 2014 at the Greensboro Historical Museum as part of the city-wide Thomas Berry Centennial. Here's what people are saying:

"The performance was absolutely wonderful! Thank you so much for that hour's powerful experience."

     ~ Tom Droppers

"I am remembering the show last night and wishing that I had a CD to listen to it all over again tonight. There was so much to live into and take in during that performance. Andrew, you were wonderful, what can I say. The music was very moving and rich and layered and when you both were performing at the same time it was a perfect weaving. I really loved the piece on Cello that went along with the story of Greensboro. It was lively and fun and one could really feel the passage of time! There were several moments when I felt Thomas's presence... I loved the space, the simple stage, the blanket over your shoulders. I really would love to hear it again, at my own pace, so that I can hit pause on the CD player and take in deeply what is being conveyed. I can still see the violets and the stars."

     ~ Sandy Bisdee

"Didn't see you, Andrew, at the end of the program so didn't get to tell you how very much I enjoyed it, how lovely it was, all of it lovely: the dialogue, the readings, the music, the gathering of people - many of whom I knew. I enjoyed every minute of it!"

     ~ Gay Cheney

"What a wonderful evening. It was a beautiful reverie! Andrew and Scott did a superb job. I was so struck by how I felt Thomas Berry was telling his story."

     ~ Mary Hartsell

Andrew Levitt holds a BA in English from Yale University and a PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. He trained as a mime with Marcel Marceau and with Paul J. Curtis at The American Mime Theatre. In his career life, he has worked with silence and words. He performed and taught mime professionally for over thirty years. He then helped found the high school at the Emerson Waldorf School in Chapel Hill, NC where he taught Humanities and directed theater for seven years. As Dr. Merryandrew, he currently works as a cosmic clown in the Pediatric unit at Moses Cone Memorial Hospital.

Scott Walker has taught strings in the Greensboro area for over 30 years. Scott plays fiddle, guitar and cello and founded The Walker Family Band in 2002, which has delighted audiences throughout the Southeast with a distinctive take on traditional styles. His career has been dedicated to teaching young musicians in a variety of public and private schools, and as a private instructor of Suzuki music technique on cello and violin. Scott's love of traditional Irish fiddle tunes resulted in the founding of Walker Street Fiddlers in 2009.

“At the time I was eleven years old. My family was moving from a more settled part of a small southern town out to the edge of town where the new house was being built. The house, not yet finished, was situated on a slight incline. Down below was a small creek and there across the creek was a meadow. It was an early afternoon in late May when I first wandered down the incline, crossed the creek, and looked out over the scene. The field was covered with white lilies rising above the thick grass. A magic moment, this experience gave to my life something that seems to explain my thinking at a more profound level than almost any other experience I can remember.”

~ Thomas Berry, The Great Work