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.
"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
- Mild Adult Themes
- Minimum Fee: $90 per performance
$55 per short play individually
- 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
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
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.
- 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