A filmed stage adaptation of “The Hiding Place,” which tells the story of Corrie ten Boom and her courageous family during the horrors of World War II, will be shown in theaters on August 3 and 5. The play was filmed live for movie audiences at the Soli Deo Center in Nashville during a four-week run to sold-out audiences in 2022.
“The Hiding Place” follows ten Boom and her family, including her father, Casper, and her sister, Betsie, as they quietly resist the evils carried out by the Third Reich in 1940s Haarlem, Holland, fueled by their love of God and their neighbor.
“One of the things that I think is so remarkable about the ten Booms is they were committed to fighting the war with hospitality,” writer A.S. Peterson says. “They were committed to kindness, to loving their neighbors at the risk of their own safety. They were willing to love people that believed other than they did, which is a really remarkable thing. The world needs more of that.”
The stage adaptation of “The Hiding Place” initially was commissioned by a theater company in Houston, honoring the memory of the late Jeannette Clift George, who founded the company and starred as ten Boom in the 1975 biographical film “The Hiding Place.” Peterson said he subsequently embarked on a journey to bring “The Hiding Place” to Nashville, where it became an even fuller realization of the story’s power.
“What we’ve captured on film is actually ‘The Hiding Place’ 2.0,” he said. “In a lot of ways, it’s the same show, but it is an evolution of that show in ways that I’m really excited about. It’s the fuller realization of the show.”
Just as Corrie ten Boom’s journey unfolded through hidden obedience, the play urges viewers to find courage and faith in their own lives, ready to face any crossroads that may come their way. Viewers are confronted with a challenge: to be faithful and obedient, to make choices aligned with their beliefs and to embrace “long obedience” in the same direction. “I think one of my big takeaways from the show, and the thing that I hope a lot of people will take away, is a new understanding of what a witness is,” Peterson said.
Tickets are available now at www.thehidingplacefilm.com.