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AN ACT OF GOD
Parker Gray, B.J. Cleveland, Doug Fowler
photo by Evan Michael Woods

An Act of God

Performance: December 2 through 31, 2017
Opening Night Reception: Following the performance Saturday, December 2.
By: By David Javerbaum

The Almighty is back, and he's ready to kick butt and take names, in David Javerbaum's An Act of God, a hilarious, no holds barred, irreverent and critically-acclaimed new play beginning a 5-week area premiere run at Fort Worth's Stage West on Thursday, November 30, starring local favorite B. J. Cleveland.

The Lord has decided that mankind has been making a hash of things, and it's time for an intervention. Instead of arriving as a burning bush, this time he's taken over the body of an actor, and he's here to set the record straight, answering the deepest questions plaguing humankind. He's brought with him two faithful archangels, the slightly self-important Gabriel, and the impertinent and questioning Michael.

So He settles in for a sort of holy talk show, with Gabriel providing quotes from the Gutenberg Bible, and Michael fielding questions from the audience (and challenging some of the Lord's ideas, to His annoyance). In the process, He delivers an updated Ten Commandments, the originals having been vastly misinterpreted so often. "Don't tell me what to bless!" He insists. "That goes triple for sneezing." It all makes for a don't-miss, hilarious evening of theatre, one which the New York Times termed "A gut-busting-funny riff on the never-ending folly of mankind."

David Javerbaum is an American comedy writer and currently an Executive Producer for Fusion Network (a joint venture network between ABC and Univision) to oversee development of a news satire block of programming. As the former Executive Producer of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," his work for that program earned him 11 Emmys, two additional Emmy nominations, two Peabody Awards, and Television Critics Awards for both Best Comedy and Best News Show. He is one of the primary authors of the show's textbook parody "America (The Book)," which spent a year on The New York Times Bestseller List (including 15 weeks at #1), won the James Thurber Prize for American Humor (his second), won the 2005 Quill Awards for Best Humor Book and Audiobook, and was named Publishers' Weekly's 2004 Book of the Year; the audiobook won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album. The book's sequel, "Earth: A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race," was released in September 2010. He was also Emmy-nominated for his work as a writer for "The Late Show with David Letterman" and wrote for the 2006 Academy Awards. He spent three years writing for the satirical newspaper and website The Onion, conceiving its 1999 New York Times #1 bestseller "Our Dumb Century" and contributing numerous articles to it and two other Onion books. His first book as sole author, "What to Expect When You're Expected," was published in 2009. In 2011, his book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God" was published, and his affiliated Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod has over 1 million followers. Javerbaum and his frequent collaborator Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) have won two Emmy Awards for their songs featured in the 2011 and 2012 Tony Awards, both times performed by Neil Patrick Harris. They also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Lyrics and Music for "A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!", which won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album. On the stage, David and Adam also earned a 2008 Tony nomination for their songs in "Cry-Baby," itself nominated for Best Musical. Javerbaum is a winner of the prestigious Kleban Award for Lyrics, and was the lyricist and co-librettist of SUBURB, which won the Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater, as well as Best Off-Broadway Musical nominations from the Outer Critics Circle, the Lucille Lortel Awards, and the Drama League. Javerbaum is a graduate of NYU's Graduate School of Musical Theater Composition and Harvard University, where he wrote for the humor magazine The Harvard Lampoon and co-wrote two of that school's Hasty Pudding musicals. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Debra and their daughters Kate and Sara. His hobbies include the succinct encapsulation of his achievements.

An Act of God will be directed by TCU Theatre Chair Harry Parker, who most recently directed our production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Appearing as the Almighty will be prolific local favorite B. J. Cleveland, acclaimed for his work in A Man of No Importance and The Nance. Playing Michael will be Parker Gray, last at Stage West as Evan in The Aliens, while Doug Fowler, also seen in A Man of No Importance, will make his Stage West debut as Gabriel.

Set Design and Dressing is by Kevin Brown, with lighting design by Scott Davis, costume design by Michael A. Robinson/Dallas Costume Shoppe, sound design by N. Ryan McBride, and props by Lynn Lovett.

An Act of God will preview Thursday, November 30 at 7:30 and Friday, December 1 at 8:00, and will run through Sunday, December 31. Performance times will be Thursday evenings at 7:30, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00, with Sunday matinees at 3:00. The opening night reception will be Saturday, December 2. Ticket prices range from $31 to $35, with discounts for the preview performance, and for students, seniors, and military. Food service is available 90 minutes prior to performances (reservations are necessary). Reservations and information are available through the Box Office (817-784-9378), or on the website, www.stagewest.org.

 


STAGE WEST ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 SEASON

Our 2017-2018 Season

Stage West is pleased to announces the lineup for its 39th season!  The new season will offer six plays plus a season extra, and patrons purchasing season tickets before October 1 will be offered a discount on the season extra. It’s an exciting mix of shows, featuring fresh takes on classics, can’t-miss regional premieres, and a world premiere.

  Here it is:

Life Sucks.
by Aaron Posner, sort of adapted from Chekhov's Uncle Vanya
Regional premiere
October 12 - November 12
Directed by Emily Scott Banks
Life is, like, really hard. It's tough being the gorgeous woman desired by all but understood by none. Or the homely girl with a heart of gold. Or the middle-aged man insightful enough to see the cavernous depth of his own failings. A quirky and deeply human new installment in the Chekhov cycle from the playwright of Stupid F*cking Bird - full of all the delight and charm that love and longing can inspire.
“Altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source”  - Chicago Sun-Times

Season Extra:
An Act of God
by David Javerbaum
Regional premiere
November 30 - December 31
Directed by Harry Parker, and starring B.J. Cleveland
Direct from the pearly gates, and flanked by His ever-faithful and devoted archangels, the Almighty Himself is back to set the record straight and answer the deepest questions plaguing humanity since Creation. In this hilarious, no holds barred, irreverent, and critically acclaimed new play, God takes the stage to deliver a new and improved set of Commandments that are sure to have audiences rolling in their seats with side-splitting glee while providing angel-food for thought.
“Sinfully funny!” - Vanity Fair

Like a Billion Likes
by Erik Forrest Jackson
World premiere
January 18 - February 11
Directed by TBD
Misty Riggs is a nobody. No, really, she is - that's an undisputed fact. But just as she's starting sophomore year, she gets the notion she should try to stand out somehow before it's too late. Misty's gambit, however, only cements her loserdom, and after one blow too many, she makes a final, desperate bid for glory - the terrible culmination of her burning desire to be recognized for something, anything, no matter how she achieves it.
Winner of the 2016 Southwest Playwriting Competition

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center of New York City
by Halley Feiffer
Regional premiere
March 8 - April 1
Directed by Lee Trull
A slouchy, foul-mouthed young comedian and an overwhelmed middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are unexpectedly brought together when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Tensions rise and gauntlets are thrown, but appearances may be deceiving. Through confessions, fights, and uproariously inappropriate jokes, these two unwittingly invest in each other and help to pick up the pieces of their broken lives. A boisterously brazen story of the strength it takes to learn to laugh through pain.
  “A play that is as deeply felt as its name is long.” - The New York Times

Hir
by Taylor Mac
Regional premiere
May 17 - June 17
Directed by TBD
After returning from the wars, Isaac arrives at his childhood home to discover that the house and family he knew have been upended. His once-timid mother is on a whirlwind crusade to subvert the patriarchy, his sister is now his genderqueer brother who refers to hirself in gender-neutral pronouns. Meanwhile, his stroke-ridden father slumps on the couch in a muumuu and clown makeup. As Isaac attempts to reclaim structure in a household that refuses to be tamed, the family is forced to confront what it is to live in a new world when one is stuck in the past.
"A remarkable, audacious, uproarious black comedy with a daring combination of realism and madcap absurdity." - New York Times

Don't Dress for Dinner
by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon
July 12 - August 12
Directed by Christie Vela
  Hilarity and hijinks ensue when Bernard invites his mistress over for a weekend romp while his wife Jacqueline is meant to be away. But when Jacqueline discovers Bernard's friend Robert is also coming over, she decides to stay. Robert is supposed to be Bernard's alibi for the weekend, but he is also Jacqueline's secret lover. By the time the mistress and the cook show up, trysts and sweet-nothings are postponed as mar?ital treachery, mistaken identities, and madcap chaos take hold in an evening of adulterous mirth.
"Hurtling along at the speed of light, this breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.” - The Guardian

An Octoroon
by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Regional premiere
August 30 - September 30
Directed by Akin Babatundé
The Terrebonne plantation is in upheaval - the Master has died. ?His naïve young nephew tries to hold things together, but the evil neighbor is out to buy the land. Meanwhile, the slaves chat and gossip, and the beautiful, young ward of the estate has a secret that will change everything. Based on a controversial classic, this Obie Award winning play is part period satire and part meta-theatrical middle finger - it's a provocative and moving challenge to the racial climate of ?"the land of the free?"? in both the antebellum South and today.
“Hilarious and harrowing... This decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race in America today.” - The New York Times

 
Visit Stage West:

Season tickets range in price from $135 to $175 with discounts for students, seniors, and teachers. Subscribers purchasing season passes prior to October 1 may purchase up to 2 tickets for Ann at $25 apiece.
For more information, call Stage West at (817) 784-9378. Tickets will be available online at www.stagewest.org/season-tickets

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