AN ACT OF GOD Makes Regional Premiere in Memphis
An Act of God proclaims its Regional Premiere at Theatre Memphis in the Next Stage, April 6-22, 2018. It turns out that God is sinfully funny as he introduces a radical rewrite of the Ten Commandments. Sometimes using strong language and acerbic humor, he answers existential questions that have plagued mankind since creation ... all in 90 minutes.
"Imagine Mel Brooks narrating the Bible and the Ten Commandments," preaches director Cecelia Wingate. Though some of the material could be considered irreverent, Wingate says, "We have spent a lot of time with Reverend Tiffany McClung in studying the Bible stories referenced to truly understand them and find the core lessons before we riff them. In this show God is tweaking the commandments he feels no longer serve humanity. He's a little vengeful and more than a little sarcastic ... you need to show up for a ride but just stay with it and it will actually touch your heart." The cast includes Kevar Maffitt as God and, as the angels Michael and Gabriel, Stuart Turner and Jason Gerhard, respectively.
"Sometimes you have to push all the buttons to be able to check all the boxes," states Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch as she references An Act of God. "We like to make sure we offer a variety of productions to be able to begin a dialogue or express a point of view that may or may not be universally accepted. That is kind of what theater does," Litch continues. "An Act of God certainly has a point of view (and it may not be one that everyone agrees with), but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be heard ... especially when there IS a message in the context."