MAKING GOD LAUGH Is a family comedy that takes place in four scenes, each ten years apart, set at various holidays. Starting in 1980, the newly "launched" kids - a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former star football player - all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives.
The "empty nest" parents contend with their own changes too, as old family rituals and dubious recipes are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. Over the course of thirty years’ worth of celebrations - Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and Easter - we see how, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.
As Woody Allen once said "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.
Sean Grennan studied English at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. (’77) An actor for many years, predominantly in Chicago, he began writing for the theatre in 1995 as co-librettist (with his wife, Kathy Santen) for Phantom of the Country Palace (MTI), which was produced that year at Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theatre.
He repeated in this capacity the following year with Ms. Cinderella at the same theatre. Following this show, he became involved with business theatre writing and performance for many years before returning to stage writing. His play LUCK! won an honorable mention from the National Writer’s Association’s Playwrighting Festival and was produced in NYC by the Epic theatre company. Working at a librettist and lyricist with composer Leah Okimoto he wrote Married Alive!, A Dog’s Life and Another Night Before Christmas (Playscripts Inc.) all of which debuted at the American Heartland Theatre in Kansas City, MO. His play Making God Laugh premiered at Peninsula Players Theatre in Wisconsin. His plays Beer for Breakfast and As Long As We Both Shall Live premiered in the ’12 season back at the American Heartland Theatre. He is currently at work on many projects including a new musical, 1st & 10, with composer David Kreppel and other works.
Our schedule is:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM &
Sunday at 2:00 PM
Our prices are the same as last season.
Seniors (65+): $28
Full Time Students under 30 with ID: $10
Group rates and
added performances are also available.