By: Sean Grennan
DIRECTED BY: Bethany Oliver*
Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years’ worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill’s grown children — a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star — all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.
Recommended for: Coming soon
Dates: December 7-16, 2018.
Location: Belfry Playhouse (downstairs at Norcross Presbyterian Church
3324 Medlock Bridge Rd
Tickets go on sale: October 14, 2018 (want tickets early? Become a member today!)
September 11/13 7-9pm
September 15 12-4pm
Please prepare: A one minute comedic monologue.
Please note all characters age 30 years throughout the course of the play. Ages given are at the start.
Ruthie: (female, 50’s) the matriarch of the family. She starts the play in her late 40’s/early 50’s and ages 30 years. She’s bossy, authoritative, means well but tries to steer the world more than is humanly possible. She needles each of her children and even her husband, Bill, to an extent, but at the bottom, way down there, truly loves them all.
Bill: (male, 50’s) our patriarch. He loves everyone and is a go-with-the-flow sort. Easygoing, wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings, desperately in love with his kids and wife. Being the dad of these people and husband to his wife is his life’s work and he’s successful at it. He lives a little in fear of Ruthie, but the worm turns when it must.
Richard: (male, mid-late 20’s) He wants to conquer the world and is always looking for ways to do that. Not a plugger, more of an entrepreneur. He buys the latest everything and dresses “up to the second” stylish. He’s a good guy, but has perhaps seen too many movies of how men behave rather than behaving as he would. A one time football hero, he misses that kind of spotlight.
Maddie: (female, mid 20’s) the middle child. She’s an aspiring actress. A strong-willed person who loves her family. She’s closest to Thomas, and the two of them have a long standing habit of picking on their big brother as a team. It’s good natured except when it’s not. Of all the kids she’s the only one to have moved away from her hometown. She lives in New York and struggles with the artists life as well as her life-life. She and her mother have a difficult relationship.
Thomas: (male, early-mid 20’s) son two, the baby of the family and the “good” son. A nice, even tempered guy, in the style of his father, who thought his life was on a plan. A devoutly religious man studying for the priesthood at the beginning he’s nonetheless funny, warm and not at all rigid in his approach to life. He means very well but like everyone else, his life turns out differently than he planned.
Playwright: Sean Grennan^
Director: Bethany Oliver*
Assistant Director: Robbie Summerour+
Stage Manager: Nyssa Coffman+
Sound Technician: TJ Sanson+
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*Indicates current or previous LAT Pro Company member
+Indicates member of LAT Intensive Program