Shelter Theater Brings Play Penned by Writer for Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and James Corden Television Shows
By Jules Chisholm
An Act of God, a sardonically comic play by David Javerbaum authored by a veteran writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Late Night with David Letterman, comes to Shelter Theater for a two-week run this month.
Javerbaum has won 13 Emmys, 11 of them as head writer and executive producer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
God, Javerbaum notes, has some unique attributes—not just as a deity but as a vehicle for comedic observations about world affairs and human behavior. The play, like Javerbaum’s book, initially titled The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, is presented as a combination of God’s commentary on the world, and His explanation of the backstory to some of his most famous deeds.
Javerbaum got his start in college, writing for The Harvard Lampoon and for Harvard’s Hasty Pudding musicals. He then obtained a graduate degree in musical theater composition from New York University. He has written for The Onion parody newspaper, The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he wound up as head writer and executive producer. His Off-Broadway musical Suburb was well-received in 2001, and 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’s appearance on the Tony Awards, and also for Stephen Colbert’s A Colbert Christmas special.
Javerbaum grew up attending a conservative synagogue in New Jersey. “I had a wonderful rabbi, actually—Rabbi Jehiel Orenstein—I’d love to give a “shout out to him,” he says, but now describes himself as “not a religious person.” He has praised The Book of Mormon as an example of a show that satirizes religion but is “not mean-spirited.”
He acknowledges 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.”
Erik Zavala, Sebastian Vallin, and Rodrigo Demian are the three amigos who bring this farcical comedy to life. Director Alan Jordan says these actors are a dream team for him.
“Not only are they talented and versatile, but they’re buddies in real life. For my adaption of this unique play, that’s a huge bonus,” he said. “I like to collaborate with actors, not only direct. Well-trained actors bring so much creativity to a production if they are part of the plan from the conception. I usually start the wheels in motion with the actors several months and sometimes years before it’s presented to an audience.”
An Act of God by David Javerbaum
Directed by Alan Jordan
Vicente Guerrero 4,
Tickets: 250–350 pesos
Online reservations: sheltertheatervg4.com
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