A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant
Music and Text by Kyle Jarrow
Conceived and Directed by Alex Timbers
Produced by Aaron Lemon-Strauss
Production and Costume Design: Jennifer Rogien
Scenic Design (Houseman): David Evans Morris
Lighting Design (Houseman): Julie Chia
Lighting Design (Tank): Samantha Trepel
Graphic Designers: Sara Edward-Corbett and Rob Giampietro
Assistant Director: David Kilpatrick
Production Supervisor: Ronnie Tobia
Stage Manager: Bailie Slevin
Assistant Stage Managers: Erin Funck and Michael Schulman
Casting Director: Paul Davis
Press Representation: Richard Kornberg and Associates
Cast: Seamus Boyle, Spenser Lee Carrion-O’Driscoll, Alison Stacy Klein, Joshua Marmer, Max Miner, Stephanie Favoreto Queiroz, Daren Watson, Emma Whitfield, Sophie Whitfield, Jordan Wolfe
This holiday season, a jubilant cast of children celebrate the controversial Church of Scientology in uplifting pageantry and song. The actual teachings of Scientology are explained and dissected against the candy-colored backdrop of a traditional nativity play.
A large ensemble cast of 8-12 year-old children tells the story of L. Ron Hubbard’s meteoric rise from struggling science fiction writer to supreme leader of a (highly-profitable) New Age religious empire.
Avant-garde performance art and children's theater meet in one of the funniest and most bewildering holiday shows you will ever see: A Very Merry Unauthorized Children's Scientology Pageant.
December 2003-January 2004: The John Houseman Theater
November-December 2003: The Tank
**Winner of an OBIE Award!**
"The gutsiest gimmick in New York theater for 2003... A spooky, sharp-toothed smile of a show... Pageant has already acquired a halo of hipness and daring... A cult-hit blueprint for a young generation that prefers its irony delivered with not a wink but a blank stare."
-The New York Times
"Wonderfully weird... Refreshing... Subversive... The show artfully succeeds at both telling and mocking the tale of Scientology."
-Time Out New York
"A holiday classic-to-be!"
-New York Magazine
"Brave and lunatic... Hilarious and disturbing at once... No one has an excuse to miss the show's run at the Houseman."
-The New York Sun