Sam Shepard's THE GOD OF HELL
directed by Jeffrey Stanley

Only 12 Shows
January 14 - February 11, 2007

Blogged and Secretly Photographed

The Big Little Theatre
141 Ridge Street (half a block below Houston Street)
New York City
F train to Second Avenue, then walk east across Houston and turn right on Ridge

$18.00 at Smarttix
$12.00 senior and $10.00 student tickets sold at the box office

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Susie Abraham as Emma and Steve Kelly as Welch

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Bret Haines
as Haynes and Danton Bankay as Frank


In a time of kidnapping (we mean "extraordinary rendition") and  torture (we mean "stress positions"), The Big Little Theatre is proud to announce its production of Sam Shepard's THE GOD OF HELL, directed by acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Stanley (Medicine, Man).

In this diabolical political comedy Wisconsin farming couple Emma (Susie Abraham) and Frank (Danton Bankay), here reimagined as South Asian immigrants, hide their spark-ejecting friend Haynes (Bret Haines), on the lam from a top-secret research lab, in their basement.  All goes glowingly until Welch (Steve Kelly), an apparent salesman of patriotic memorabilia, comes snooping.  THE GOD OF HELL is Sam Shepard's reaction to the war on terror, an anarchic comedy in the vein of Joe Orton.

The play calls for electrical and radioactive effects and director Stanley couldn’t be more at home with politics and weird science, having been commissioned to write plays about eccentric electrical pioneer Nikola Tesla (the wartime drama Tesla's Letters) and Italian revolutionary and telephone inventor Antonio Meucci (the forthcoming Fishing With Tony and Joe). Mr. Stanley also brought in lighting designer Greg Balla who is part of the stage crew for Blue Man Group.

Don't miss THE GOD OF HELL'S disturbingly fresh and electrifying return to the New York stage.

Cast Bios

Director's Statement

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Steve Kelly, Bret Haines, Danton Bankay, Susie Abraham