|"GOD SHOWS UP"...AT THE ACTOR'S TEMPLE! - OFF BROADWAY TRANSFER BEGINS APRIL 6|
|Posted by: Official_Press_Release 06:07 pm EDT 03/12/19|
|GOD ARRIVES AT THE ACTORS TEMPLE!
PRESENTS THE OFF-BROADWAY TRANSFER OF
“GOD SHOWS UP”
A NEW COMEDY-DRAMA
WRITTEN BY PETER FILICHIA
DIRECTED CHRISTOPER SCOTT
PERFORMANCES BEGIN APRIL 6, 2019
FOR AN OPEN-ENDED ENGAGEMENT
OPENING NIGHT IS SET FOR MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019
THE ACTOR’S TEMPLE THEATRE
(339 WEST 47th STREET – BETWEEN 8th & 9th AVENUES)
TICKETS NOW ON SALE
Producer Eric Krebs announced today that _God Shows Up_, the new comedy-drama by noted theatre journalist and playwright Peter Filichia will enjoy an open-ended Off-Broadway engagement beginning next month. After a successful run at the 62-seat Playroom Theater, performances will begin Saturday, April 6, 2019 at 7:00pm at The Actor’s Temple Theatre (339 West 47th Street – between 8th and 9th Avenue). Opening Night is set for Monday, May 13, 2019 at 7:00pm.
_God Shows Up_ asks: What happens when God chooses to drop in to his creation of Earth after an absence of a couple of thousand years? Why does he choose the broadcast studio of a well-known televangelist who serves all faiths from his megachurch in Saint Louis? What is God's true take on God? What is God's true take on religion?
Directed by Christopher Scott (A Class Act), the cast features Lou Liberatore (Daniel’s Husband) and Christopher Sutton (Spamalot).
“For a number of years, I have wondered, if there is a god, how would that god would respond to the world that those in his image have built,” said producer Eric Krebs explaining the motivation of the play. "I challenged Peter Filichia to write such a play, and here we are... _God Shows Up_. Peter's script is far more controversial, funny and philosophical than I ever might have imagined. I can't wait for the shouting matches to begin after performances."
The creative team for God Shows Up includes Josh Iacovelli (set design), Michael Piatkowski (costume design), Joan Racho-Jansen (lighting design) and Andy Evan Cohen (projection and sound design). Christine Viega is Production Stage Manager.
_God Shows Up_ will play the following performance schedule: Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 3pm, Monday @ 7 pm. Tickets are $59 (Premium seats are $99) and may be purchased through Telecharge.com/212-239-6200.
Peter Filichia (Playwright) has written reviews and features for a newspaper (The Star-Ledger), magazine (TheaterWeek), and the Internet (Broadway Select, Masterworks Broadway, Music Theatre International, Playbill,Theatermania). He’s written six books on theater: Let’s Put on a Musical (1991 and 2007 editions); The Biggest Hit of the Season/The Biggest Flop of the Season (2010); Broadway Musicals’ Most Valuable Players (2011); Strippers, Showgirls, and Sharks (2013); and The Great Parade (2015). His one-act play Games, about bullying, has had school productions in all 50 states. His full-length play, Adam’s Gifts was a finalist for the first Terrence McNally Award. His ten-minute play Our Dead Classmate was produced in San Juan Capistrano. He was president of the Drama Desk Awards from 1992 through 1996, and now serves on its current nominating committee, as well as the selection committee for the Lucille Lortel Awards and the Theatre World Awards, whose ceremony he annually writes and emcees.
Christopher Scott (Director) Associate Amas and director of the Teen Academy. Artistic Director Masterworks Theater Co. Off-Broadway: The Glass Menagerie (Audelco Nom) Edwin: The Story of Edwin Booth, A Class Act, Nancy Friday's My Secret Garden, Golf: The Musical, For Lovers Only, Tails, The Big Bang, and Greed: A Musical for Our Times. The Baruch Pac: Endgame, Miss Julie, Antigone, Hedda Gabler, Medea. NYC: First Irish The Morons (Best Direction Nom.); Years of Sky, I Am I Will I Do and Lorenzo at NYMF; Member The Actors Studio PDW. Theatreworks/USA (Many). Acting Broadway, Off-Broadway, etc. Teaching: NYU, Baruch College and the Michael Howard Studio. Member SDC.
Lou Liberatore (God)- Broadway: Burn This (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Award Nominations), As Is. London: Burn This. Off-Broadway: Daniel’s Husband, Pushkin, A Class Act, Orpheus Descending, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rocket to the Moon, Sight Unseen, others. Regional: Angels In America, Parts 1 & 2, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…, The Diary of Anne Frank, That Championship Season, A Thousand Clowns, others. Film: Barrio Boy (upcoming), Blood from a Stoner, Box, Mary and Louise, It’s My Party, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience (Disney World, Epcot Center) TV: "Deception," "The Affair," "The Good Wife," "Nurse Jackie", "Sex and the City," "Law & Order," others. Education: Fordham University (Lincoln Center), William Esper. Member Artist: Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actor’s Center, Circle Repertory Company (1985-1996).
Christopher Sutton (Dr. Thomas Isaac Rehan) - New York: Mark Antony in The Harlem Shakespeare Festival’s Antony and Cleopatra, Henry VI, Ancient History, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, and the World Premieres of: Flight of the Lawnchair Man (Outstanding Actor Award), Lissabon, Lola-Lola, Bloodties, Valueville, Hell Is For Real, The Perfect 36, Battleship Potemkin, Golf, and The It Girl directed by Jerry Zaks. Christopher received an Outstanding Actor award for Monty Python's Spamalot under the direction of Mike Nichols, and is a recipient of the Barrymore Award, and the Sudler National Prize in the Arts. Much love and gratitude for Eric, Chris, Peter, and of course, Lynnie and our Dylan. www.ChristopherSutton.net.
Eric Krebs (Producer) In a theatrical career of more than 40 years, Eric Krebs has worked as a producer, a theater founder in 1974 of the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick, New Jersey and a builder and operator for 23 years of the John Houseman Theater on Theater Row. He is in his 50th year as a professor, 37 years at Rutgers, where he is professor emeritus and currently at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He has also performed his one actor adaptation of King Lear and most recently My Fathers Voice-Letters from the Ellis Island Prison and the War in the Pacific. Broadway: Bill Maher: Victory Begins At Home, Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party, It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues, Electra, Avery Brooks in Paul Robeson. Current Off-Broadway productions: That Physics Show (2016 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience) and That Chemistry Show. Also Off-Broadway, Sam Shepard's Fool For Love, Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, Neil LaBute's Bash, Sing: A South African and American Celebration, A Class Act, Greed: A Musical for Our Times, Laughing Liberally and many more. www.erickrebs.com.
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