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An Act of God’s David Javerbaum


By Jules Chisholm

God’s Memoir (actually a book written by Mr. Javerbaum) has now been adapted into a new comedy, An Act of God, making its Mexican premiere in San Miguel de Allende on November 9.

Mr. Javerbaum, the playwright, has won 13 Emmys, 11 at “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

God, Mr. Javerbaum noted, has some unique attributes, not just as a deity but also as a vehicle for comedic observations about world affairs and human behavior. The play, like the Twitter account and the book, initially titled “The Last Testament: A Memoir by God,” is presented as a combination of God’s commentary on the world and God’s explanation of the back-story to some of his most famous works and deeds.

God, being channeled through Erik Zavala, will be discussing a lot of topics and answering a lot of the questions people have, with the help of his two angels, Gabriel and Michael, played by Rodrigo Demian and Sebastian Vallin.

The play is an outgrowth of the tweeting, “I’m happy to be the first person to convert a Twitter account into a Broadway play,” Mr. Javerbaum said, but unfolds with greater structure.

Currently a producer of “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” Mr. Javerbaum wrote for The Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate, and then for The Onion, “Late Show with David Letterman,” and the “Jon Stewart Daily Show,” where he eventually became head writer and executive producer.

He also loves theater. After Harvard, where he wrote Hasty Pudding musicals, he got a degree from New York University’s graduate program in musical theater composition. His Off Broadway musical, Suburb, was well-received in 2001; his Broadway debut, Cry Baby, earned him a Tony nomination for best original score in 2008; he wrote much-celebrated musical numbers for Neil Patrick Harris on the Tony Awards and for the “A Colbert Christmas“ special.

What’s funnier than an all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful being sitting down for a lovely conversation?

Mr. Javerbaum grew up attending a conservative synagogue in New Jersey, saying now, “I had a wonderful rabbi, actually: Rabbi Jehiel Orenstein. I’d love to give a shout out to him.” Mr. Javerbaum now describes himself as “not a religious person.” He praised The Book of Mormon as an example of a show that satirizes religion but is “not mean-spirited.” He also acknowledged that the audience for An Act of God is not likely to be religiously orthodox. On Broadway, he said, “You’re preaching to the unconverted—the previously-but-no-longer-converted, as it were.”

In the San Miguel production, God will speak through the actor Erik Zavala. Erik is a member of the famed Zavala entertainment family. Mr. Zavala will be joined by actors Sebastian Vallin and Rodrigo Demian. Alan Jordan is directing this comedy for Caja Negra at the Shelter Theater. The play will be performed in English with a dash of Spanish spice.



An Act of God

By David Javerbaum

Starring Erik Zavala, Sebastian Vallin, Rodrigo Demian

Directed by Alan Jordan

Nov 9–19

Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Tickets: Online at

Tesoros Biblioteca (all seats are reserved for your convenience)




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