MONDAY January 14th 6:30-9:30
God’s Man in Texas with FIRE EXIT THEATRE
By David Rambo Directed by Val Lieske
Faith and egos collide in the age of mass-market religion at Houston’s Rock Baptist Church, “the Baptist Super Bowl”. A search committee has been formed to find a successor to Rock’s legendary pastor, eighty-one-year-old Philip Gottschall, a vigorous marvel and master strategist both in and out of the pulpit.
Young Jeremiah Mears is asked to audition for the job by preaching a month of Sunday evening guest sermons. Gottschall protects what he has spent a lifetime building at Rock by backing Mears as his replacement; but as Jerry gains a foothold, Gottschall’s grip on his pulpit becomes as firm as his faith. The pastors’ sound man—and sounding board—is Hugo Taney, a reformed wreck of a soul whose youth was wasted with “drinking, all kinds of drugs; sex I don’t half remember with anything on two legs—and I do mean anything”
DR. PHILIP GOTTSCHALL – (81) Vigorous, magnetic. Dr. Gottschall has built the Rock Baptist Church into the center of a hugely successful broadcast empire, but now he’s in his 80’s, and it’s time to move a successor into his power and glory.
DR. JERRY MEARS – (40-50) A voice that will draw you in. Dr. Mears understands the power of this ministry, and the scale of the opportunity.
HUGO TANEY – (35-45) Funny and sympathetic. Emblematic of the greater congregation, listening intently to messages from the booth, awed and overwhelmed by the two “great” men, flawed but still believing in salvation by grace.
To book an audition time – email@example.com
Performance runs May 8-12 at the Engineered Air Theatre