Westboro Baptist Church Musical God Hates This Show Will Play Halloween at Joe's Pub Before Off-Broadway Run
21 Aug 2014
God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper In Concert, Live From Hell – written and directed by John J. Caswell, Jr. and starring Erin Markey – will play a one night only engagement at Joe's Pub @ (425 Lafayette Street) Oct. 31 at 9:30 PM in preparation for an Off Broadway run in 2015.
The production is billed as follows, "This musical play by Progressive Theatre Workshop Founder John J. Caswell, Jr. imagines Westboro Baptist Church matriarch Shirley Phelps-Roper as recently deceased and damned to Hell for all eternity where she is forced to perform songs from the Westboro catalog in an outrageously offensive fire and brimstone cabaret act for an audience of 'fag-enablers.'"
Markey will star as Phelps-Roper. She will be accompanied by a full rock band.
God Hates This Show features choreography by Sean Roschman and musical arrangements by Kurt Gellersted and Brooke Fox. The design team includes Aaron Crosby (costumes), Wolfram Ott (lighting design) and Olivia Sebesky (projections).
The Oct. 31 concert is produced by Progressive Theatre Workshop.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.