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Journalist and Playwright Peter Filichia Brings His Play God Shows Up to The Playroom Theater

Journalist and Playwright Peter Filichia Brings His Play God Shows Up to The Playroom Theater
Peter Filichia

Peter Filichia

Eric Krebs will present God Shows Up, a new comedy-drama by noted theatre journalist and playwright Peter Filichia. Performances will begin on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00pm (for a limited engagement through February 21, 2019) at The Playroom Theater (151 West 46th Street – between Broadway 6th Avenue). Opening Night is set for Sunday, February 10 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?

“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.”

Directed by Christopher Scott, the cast features Maggie Bofill (LABryinth Company Member), Lou Liberatore (Daniel’s Husband) and Christopher Sutton (Spamalot).

The creative team for God Shows Up: Josh Iacovelli (set design), Michael Piatkowski (costume design), Joan Racho-Jansen (lighting design) and Andy Evan Cohen (projection and sound design). Craig R. Rosenthal is Production Stage Manager. Matt Balfour is Assistant Stage Manager.

God Shows Up will play the following performance schedule: Thurs-Sun at 7 pm. All tickets are $20 and may be purchased online here.

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.

Maggie Bofill (Consuela Desiderio) – Actor/Writer. Founding Member of Labyrinth Theater Company, Member of EST,& Playwright Director Unit Actor’s Studio. Latest production as a writer, Devil of Choice – a sold-out run produced by LAByrinth Theater Company. As an actor, last appeared as Evil Captain Maggie in Queen Latina and her Power Posse #RealLab at The Cherry Lane. Maggie has acted in many NYC and regional theater, TV: “Law and Order,” “Smash” and “The Path.” @MaggieDiazBofill.com

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 Reha_n) – 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.

Off Broadway

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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