Acts of God

by  Peter Fox

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  9m, 3f

"Acts of God takes an amusing swipe at some weighty issues and the result is “hilarious, very, very funny…the writing sparkles…dead on!”" - Los Angeles Times

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Acts of God

by  Peter Fox

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    9m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Cutting Approved for Competition
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

After having to sit through a thought provoking and humorous one act play about God, clueless Hollywood producer Sid Markowitz meets the writer for lunch in Beverly Hills. What follows is an hilarious verbal jousting match about art vrs. commerce, integrity vrs. selling out, oh, and God too. In the end we see the side-splitting yet respectful result as one of these qualities wins out.

Act One of Acts of God can also be performed as a stand-alone one act, with 3 Males and 1 Female.

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Reviews

"Acts of God takes an amusing swipe at some weighty issues and the result is “hilarious, very, very funny…the writing sparkles…dead on!”" - Los Angeles Times

"It's most enjoyable." - Frank Rich, The New York Times

"A provocative satire...hilarious, dead on! - Los Angeles Weekly

“Fiercely funny…hip and clever.” – Burbank Times

“A humorous plunge into spirituality and morality…witty and thought provoking.” - Los Angeles Sentinel

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
    $55 per short play individually

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: The office of a neighborhood priest. A fancy Beverly Hills restaurant. A sitcom living room.
  • Additional Features: Audience Participation/Interactive, Special Effects
  • 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

9m, 3f
FR. MIKE – 40-65, well meaning but tradition bound.
RUTH – 23-30, smart, ambitious, self involved.
JOE – 23-30, less smart, ambitious, self involved.
GOD – lead, 35-55, ethnic, street smart, funny, wise.
SID – lead, 45-65, clueless, successful Hollywood producer; a used car salesman at heart without meanness or awareness.
PETER – 20-35, aspiring writer, a bit insecure but willing to learn.
WAITRESS/GOD – 35-65, world weary but funny; bewildered by these creatures she’s created.
CAREY – same actor as God in act one; this time he/she acts as warmup for act 3 sitcom.
BIFF – 20-30, former hand model and aspiring actor with no training, great teeth and hands.
CHERRY - 20-30, aspiring actress from Marin, California; sweet but clueless.
MOISHE - 40-60, friend of Sid’s, a mohel, an extrovert, glad to be anywhere.
W.J. - 20-30, black, Juilliard trained, slight superiority complex, insecure.
DAN - 30-50, scientist at Raytheon, funny, relaxed.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Multicultural casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Peter Fox

Peter Fox's professional life involved 35 years in Hollywood as an actor in television and movies. His most recognized roles were as Rev. Hank Buchanan on The Waltons and Tom Jezik on Knots Landing. Mr. Fox also co-starred in movies with John Huston, Jack Lemmon, and Jimmy Stewart. Hi ...

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Acts of God was first performed at the Actor's Workout Studio, North Hollywood, California. It was produced by Jenine Smith and Dick Smyser.

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