A NEW COMEDY STARRING ERIN MARKEY AS THE ALWAYS SEXY SHIRLEY PHELPS-ROPER. GNASH YOUR TEETH, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. IT'S TIME FOR SHIRLEY AND WESTBORO TO SING US SOME SONGS!
BECOME PART OF THE ULTIMATE COUNTER-PROTEST AND JOIN US IN SENDING SHIRLEY AND WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH TO HELL THIS OCTOBER! IN ADDITION TO PRODUCING THE WORLD PREMIERE OF THIS DISTURBINGLY HILARIOUS PLAY, WE ALSO HAVE A CHANCE TO DO SOME GOOD FOR OTHERS!
GOAL REACHED! 50% of all new donations go to Equality House!
THE OTHER 50% WILL GO TOWARDS AN EVENTUAL TOUR OF THE SHOW HOPEFULLY TO A CITY NEAR YOU!
AMAZING PERKS SUPPLIED BY MARGARET CHO, ANN BANNON, FIRST RUN FEATURES, AND MORE! DETAILS BELOW.
OMG, YES! IT'S PRETTY GAY.
We’re putting on a play set in H. E. Double Hockey Sticks starring Erin Markey as the infamous Shirley Phelps-Roper, high priestess of protests and the devastatingly beautiful matriarch of Westboro Baptist Church.
Like many others, we’ve spent plenty of time being angry at WBC’s silly antics and we’ve decided it’s probably a lot more fun to laugh at the sheer ridiculousness that bubbles from their holy mouths and on their super-classy website, www.godhatesfags.com.
But it costs A LOT to send mean people to the pits of the underworld. Even if it's just pretend. It is our long term goal to tour this piece to a city near you! But first, it starts in New York City. And New York City takes all of your money very very quickly. Please give us any amount you can spare for this world premiere production!
GIRRRRRRRRRLLL. ARE YOU NEW?
Me: Wikipedia, can you help us out here?
Shirley Lynn Phelps-Roper (born October 31, 1957) is an American lawyer and political activist. She is best known as the spokesperson of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church of Topeka, Kansas, an organization notorious for its highly publicized homophobic public protests conducted under the slogan "God Hates Fags." Phelps has been highly criticized and taunted for her religious fanaticism and poor parenting by the general public, the media, and celebrities.
She and the church have received widespread media coverage and criticism on news outlets such as the BBC and Fox News for the group's aggressive preaching and controversial campaigns such as the picketing the funerals of AIDS victims with signs such as "God hates fags" and funeral processions for American soldiers killed in combat.
YES. YES. YOUTUBE.
ONE THING IS FOR CERTAIN.
SHIRLEY. IS. GOING. TO. WERK.
It's a holy ghost filled cabaret/arena rock show set in a sadistic flame filled haunted house/lounge in Hell where the fashion is flawless, the heat is hot, and the demons can't wait to show you a good time. Gnash your teeth, ladies and gentlemen. It's time to get dead, get drunk, and get damned.
Our show imagines Shirley Phelps-Roper (the incredible Erin Markey) as recently deceased, banished to Hell, and forced for all eternity to sing her favorite earthly songs. She is accompanied by a live band and an ensemble of demonic back up singers (the delicious Adam Enright, Allison Guinn, and Anna Marquardt). And there WILL be dancing thanks to the extremely talented Sean Roschman.
So here's the deal regarding the music: On Westboro's website, they have posted a slew of parody versions of very famous songs. Westboro rewrote the lyrics, recorded the tracks, and even created music videos for many of them. Songs like:
- DEATH IN YOUR WINDOW set to Come To My Window by Melissa Etheridge
- RUMOUR HAS IT GOD DON'T LOVE YOU CHRISTIANS NO MORE set to Adele's Rumour Has It
- STINKY FREAK set to Rick James' Super Freak
- SATAN'S LAIR set to Simon and Garfunkel's Scarbourough Fair
- AND MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE'S curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.
We think the best way to deal with ridiculousness is to let the ridiculous be ridiculous on stage and then point and laugh at it. That's what we're doing.
Okay, it's not quite that simple. Like us, at some point throughout their prolific career, we're sure you've seen Westboro protesting and saying awful and terrible things about you or people you love. Or maybe you've dealt with an especially close-minded and hateful neighbor. And maybe your Great Uncle Charlie says some terrible things about your gay lover at the family Christmas party. Maybe your Great Uncle Charlie is also your neighbor.
Haven't you always wanted to grab that person by the sharp lapel of their checkered coat, give em' a big ole' wet kiss with just a flicker of tongue, and tell them once and for all to GO TO HELL as you sashay away? Sure you have, sir. You too, ma'am. We all have.
We're providing you a service! We're sending them to Hell for you so we can all get together, celebrate, and make them sing us some songs because WE ARE WORTH IT. Granted, it won't be Uncle Charlie on stage. Or your neighbor. Just the smokin' Shirley Phelps-Roper. But we're sure you dislike her just a little bit, too. And transference of disdain is alive and well.
Will this change the behavior of mean spirited people who like to spew hate? Of course not. But it will change us and how we choose to react to people we simply can't avoid. We're reducing a monster (Westboro) into nothing more than an idiotic inconvenience for our viewing pleasure.
And after the show is over, we can get together outside of the theatre. We can even meet up at a bar around the corner. And we can talk about our rights and the people who want to keep them from us. And maybe discuss some real solutions to some real problems.
But first we laugh and look directly into the eyes of evil.
GOOD QUESTION, SUZE ORMAN. LOVE YOU, GIRL.
We should first mention that the goal you see only represents costs associated with doing GOD HATES THIS SHOW. But we have an amazing organization on board that is counting on us and you to do more. As mentioned, 50% the total amount we exceed our goal by goes directly to Equality House. Pretty amazing.
But first, we have work to do.
This production is a huge undertaking for us and it's meant to be a precursor to a possible tour. It costs a lot to not only do something, but to do it well. Everything we raise up to our goal will be used on production costs for the premiere. These costs consist of:
- Rental of the theatre
- Payment to the actors
- Payment to the designers (lights, sound, media, props, etc.)
- Materials (wood, paint, etc.)
- Rehearsal space
- Payment to the music director
- Payment to the choreographer
- Payment to the band
- Basically, paying all the people
- Marketing (people need to hear about it!)
Remember, PTW is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization! All of your donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
OH MY GOD. WE HAVE SHIT!
And by shit we mean fabulous merchandise that has been so graciously given to us by a slew of wonderful artists, filmmakers, novelists, and gift stores. Quantities are limited so if you see something you must have, don't wait until the last minute to contribute. Snatch that shit up.
Your items will be delivered no later than two weeks after the campaign closes. In some cases, you may receive items sooner.
In addition to two tickets to the show, you will get: *Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (autographed DVD) *That Show with John Rivers, Vol. 1-3 DVD *I Hate Everyone.. Starting With Me by Joan Rivers (Book) *Joan Rivers Presents Mr. Phyliss and Other Funny Stories (CD) *Men Are Stupid... And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman's Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery by Joan Rivers (Book)
CLICK HERE FOR A LARGE IMAGE OF WHAT YOU'LL GET. Personally donated to PTW by the one and only Margaret Cho. "Are you the gay??" You know her. You love her. Find out what she's up to. www.margaretcho.comDonated by LGBTshirts.com / GLBTshirts.com
Horns courtesy of Progressive Theatre Workshop.
Personally donated and autographed by lesbian pulp fiction icon Ann Bannon (www.annbannon.com)
From the UK's Astor Knot (www.etsy.com/shop/astorknot#) come delightful printed totes made and donated by Leslie Jowett Astor.
Both the Gay As Fuc* shirt and Fuc* The Westboro Baptist Church shirt are donated by the brilliant Wethouse Printing (www.wethouse.us), sizes are available from XS through XL. Check out Wethouse's Etsy shop for more: www.etsy.com/shop/wethouse
Supplied by Gypsy Jewelz. http://www.etsy.com/shop/cassandracaswell
Books courtesy of Progressive Theatre Workshop.
Clockwise from Left :
Golden Girls Oil Painting Print donated by Karen Yost of GoldenGirlsGoods (www.etsy.com/shop/GoldenGirlsGoods)
DVD copies of Chris and Don. A Love Story, Aimee & Jaguar, Daddy and The Muscle Academy, and Paris Was a Woman donated by Zeitgeist Films (www.zeitgeistfilms.com)
Donated by Sh-K-Boom and Ghostlight Records. Package includes Patti LuPone at Les Mouches, Sutton Foster Live at the Carlyle, Kelli O'Hara's Always, Sherie Rene Scott's Men I've Had, Alice Ripley's Daily Practice, Christine Ebersole Sings Noel Coward, and another by LuPone: Lady With the Torch. Your destination for Broadway recordings: http://www.ghostlightrecords.com/
Designed and donated by TrulySanctuary, co-owned by Ron and Beth, the Don't Hate Rainbow Tee comes is black with vibrant rainbow lettering. Pick either a Men’s or Women’s style from Small-X Large. Be sure to check out their site to see the styles here: www.trulysanctuary.etsy.com. They can also be found at: www.facebook.com/TrulySanctuary
Package includes the following titles: After Stonewall, A Finished Life, History Lessons, A Jihad for Love, Out Late, Prodigal Sons, and Venus Boyz. Check out all of First Run Feature's films at http://firstrunfeatures.com/gayandlesbian.html
Visit Erin Davies and her cross country trek for tolerance via the documentary Fagbug (http://www.fagbug.com/) and follow it up with an in depth expose of WBC in Fall From Grace, autographed by the filmmaker, K. Ryan Jones. www.kryanjones.com.
Team on This Campaign:
John J. Caswell, Jr.
Playwright/Director, PTW Founding Artistic Director
PTW Associate Artist, Producer
PTW Associate Artist, Demon
PTW Associate Artist, Demon
PTW Associate Artist, Demon
PTW Associate Artist, Choreographer
PTW Production Assistant