BIBLE: The Complete Word of God (Abridged)
by Adam Long, Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
June 21 - July 13, 2002
Directed by Rhonda Clark
The bad boys of theatre take on the Good Book in
THE BIBLE: THE COMPLETE WORD OF GOD (ABRIDGED).
This is the third in a series of truncated topics by the same playwrights who created
THE COMPLET WRKS OF WLM SHKSPR (ABRIDGED)
and THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA
(ABRIDGED), which have proved to be big hits with local audiences.
Marcellus Hankins, Terry Veal and Mike Waugh play the three sinners cavorting through both the Old and New
Testaments. Swearing (not on the Bible) to make the "inexplicable plicable," they launch into irreverent
sketches chock full of music, puns, slapstick, magic tricks and hundreds of anachronisms. The musical number "In the Beginning Blues" launches the book of Genesis, a jaunty "Begattin'" explains the descendants of Adam, a mariachi rhythm brings down the walls of Jericho, while the final book of Revelation is a rousing "That's Armageddon" to the tune of "That's Entertainment." Marcellus Hankins is on keyboard, and also composed or arranged all of the music for the production. Mike Waugh plays most of the women (look for his dancing, rapping Salomé), while throughout the performance Veal is obsessed with Noah's Ark.
Between the three actors, they cover sixty-two characters, including Moses, three not-so-wise men, the twelve apostles and a few dubious saints. Audiences can expect a lot of interaction with the actors, including a sing-along.
Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor developed their plays collaboratively. They say that a tip from the Holy Land led to the Holy Book. Martin explains, "We had performed in Jerusalem at a festival, and folks there suggested it." A round robin of writing followed, with the script passed among the group until the full script was formed. As with their previous works, a lot of the humor comes from the ridiculousness of three guys who think they can present a huge subject in two hours. Where others strive for seamlessness, they plan seam-full. Miscues and mishaps add to the onstage mayhem. The result is a testament to the triumph of good 'n' silly over evil.