The First Church of Pete's Garage

by  Paul McCusker

Short Play, Comedy  /  6m, 5f

In this devastatingly funny play by one of America's most popular playwrights of Christian drama, we find an idealistic young man who believes he can start the perfect church. And of course, he runs into a myriad of problems...

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The First Church of Pete's Garage

by  Paul McCusker

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 5f
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

In this devastatingly funny play by one of America's most popular playwrights of Christian drama, we find an idealistic young man who believes he can start the perfect church. And of course, he runs into a myriad of problems: active participation, selection of a pastor, choice of music director, policy on church doctrine, outreach for membership, and so on. Although this easy to produce play is mostly amusing, it does make an important point -- don't give up on your church and its problems, but join together in unity of mind and heart to create a better place of worship.
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Keywords

Friendship, Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

6m, 5f
PETE - the idealistic young man who believes he can start a perfect church. 
MARY - Pete's girlfriend. She's extremely skeptical about the whole idea and not very thrilled about her possible place in it. 
DAN - Pete's long suffering friend and "secretary."
TERRY - tries to stay practical and logical amidst this obvious insanity.
JIM - he sees opportunity in their new church personal opportunity. 
FRED - he has a very "object"-ive attitude about the church plus some ideas of his own on its outreaches. 
RALPH - one of the members who thinks about food a lot and reaches out to others who think like him. 
CHRIS - only motivation is to get home to do homework. 
LESLIE - she wants to direct the choir. 
ANN - she wants to direct the choir, too. 
WALLY - he's a dirty, smelly bum Ralph brings in off the street (literally)
THE PASTOR - a voice unseen, but very wise and understanding. 
FOUR "INTERVIEWERS" - four extras in the audience. 
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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

The four "interviewers" may be played by the actors playing Terry, Fred, Ralph, and Chris. 

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Authors

Paul McCusker

Paul McCusker

The First Church of Pete's Garage was originally presented at Grace baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland on August 27th, 1982. 

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