MAKING GOD LAUGH

by Sean Grennan
Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home over the course of thirty year's worth of holidays. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up.
  • Genre: Comedy/Drama
  • Running Time: 120-130m
  • Cast: 2 f, 3 m (5-20 actors possible: 2-8 f, 3-12 m)
Reviews

Betty Mohr, Chicago Sun Times

"A gem of comic relief...this new heartwarming comedy has everything going for it. Making God Laugh has a dramatic and honest story of real people layered with a hoot of hilarity, yet the show is so meaningful that one has tears of joy by show's end."

J. Scott Hill, Chicago Stage Review

"Grennan proves himself to be a master of the back-and-forth of dialogue... This is a story of life's changes of direction, the role reversals of parents and children, the primacy of the reality of now versus the memories of the past and the predictions of the future, and the importance of a family breaking bread together."

Steve Wilson, Kansas City Examiner

"A powerful moving story that makes you cry from laughing so much in the beginning, to making you cry because it touches your heart in the end."

Production History
PERFORMANCE DATES PRODUCTION GROUP LOCATION
May 13, 2018 - May 13, 2018 Troy Civic Theatre Tipp City, OH
May 4, 2018 - May 12, 2018 Troy Civic Theatre Troy, OH
Jan 12, 2018 - Jan 21, 2018 Sun City Players Community Theatre Sun City, AZ
Nov 10, 2017 - Dec 17, 2017 PowPAC, Poway's Community Theatre Poway, CA
Nov 10, 2017 - Nov 18, 2017 Macomb Community Theatre Macomb, IL
Nov 9, 2017 - Nov 26, 2017 Cincinnati Landmark Producitons Cincinnati, OH
Sep 30, 2017 - Oct 3, 2017 Winding River Players Towanda, PA
Sep 29, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017 Steel Beam Theatre St. Charles, IL
Sep 21, 2017 - Sep 30, 2017 Fort Smith Little Theatre Ft. Smith, AR
Sep 6, 2017 - Oct 1, 2017 The Wimberley Players, Inc. Wimberley, TX
Aug 18, 2017 - Sep 3, 2017 Playhouse 2000 Kerrville, TX
Jun 9, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017 Colonial Little Theatre Johnstown, NY
May 25, 2017 - Jun 10, 2017 Chino Community Theatre Chino, CA
May 22, 2017 - May 22, 2017 Vero Beach Theatre Guild Vero Beach, FL
May 11, 2017 - May 22, 2017 Vero Beach Theatre Guild Vero Beach, FL
Apr 29, 2017 - May 13, 2017 Bridge Players Theatre Company Burlington, NJ
Apr 27, 2017 - Apr 28, 2017 Permian High School Odessa, TX
Apr 21, 2017 - Apr 29, 2017 The Pale Moon Players Lehighton, PA
Apr 17, 2017 - May 14, 2017 The Old Creamery Theatre Co Amana, IA
Apr 6, 2017 - Apr 9, 2017 Coastal Carolina Community College Jacksonville, NC
Mar 30, 2017 - Jun 30, 2019 Dailes Theatre State Ltd. Riga,
Mar 30, 2017 - Jun 30, 2017 Dailes Thetaer State Ltd. Riga,
Feb 24, 2017 - Mar 11, 2017 Windsor Community Playhouse Windsor, CO
Nov 18, 2016 - Dec 17, 2016 Hunting Hills Red Deer, AB
Nov 11, 2016 - Nov 20, 2016 Grove Players Downers Grove, IL
Nov 4, 2016 - Nov 5, 2016 Billings Senior High Drama Billings, MT
Nov 3, 2016 - Nov 6, 2016 Theatre Morin Heights Morin Heights, QC
Oct 7, 2016 - Oct 7, 2016 Gallery Theater West Chicago, IL
Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 9, 2016 Gallery Theater West Chicago, IL
Sep 3, 2016 - Sep 3, 2016 Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc. Independence, OH
Aug 19, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Old Town Players, Inc. Vincennes, IN
Aug 18, 2016 - Aug 20, 2016 GKS Productions Wellsville, NY
Jul 9, 2016 - Jul 27, 2016 Northern State University Lake City, SD
Jun 24, 2016 - Aug 28, 2016 Opera House Theatre Philipsburg, MT
Jun 12, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016 Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc. Lima, OH
Jun 8, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016 Lemon Bay Playhouse, Inc. Englewood, FL
May 13, 2016 - May 22, 2016 Amil Tellers Of Dramatics, Inc. Lima, OH
May 6, 2016 - May 21, 2016 Independence Community Theater Independence, OH
Apr 15, 2016 - Apr 24, 2016 Carlsbad Community Theater Carlsbad, NM
Mar 25, 2016 - Mar 25, 2016 Davenport Theatrical Davenport, WA
Mar 4, 2016 - Mar 12, 2016 Bedford Off Broadway, Inc. Bedford, NH
Jan 20, 2016 - Jan 30, 2016 Williams Lake Studio Theatre Williams Lake, BC
Dec 17, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Johnny Economedes High School Edinburg, TX
Oct 31, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Early Bird Dinner Theatre Clearwater, FL
Oct 9, 2015 - Oct 24, 2015 Cranbrook Community Theatre Cranbrook, BC
Oct 9, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015 Calumet Players Pipestone, MN
Sep 24, 2015 - Oct 4, 2015 County Seat Theater Company Cloquet, MN
Sep 11, 2015 - Sep 27, 2015 The Phipps Center For The Arts Hudson, WI
Sep 4, 2015 - Sep 26, 2015 Rochester Repertory Theatre Rochester, MN
Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 27, 2015 South Park Theatre South Park, PA
Apr 10, 2015 - Apr 26, 2015 Circle Arts Theatre New Braunfels, TX
Oct 9, 2014 - Nov 2, 2014 Actors' Summit Akron, OH
Sep 19, 2014 - Oct 4, 2014 St. Croix ArtBarn Theatre Osceola, WI
Aug 8, 2014 - Sep 14, 2014 Oil Lamp Theater Glenview, IL
May 15, 2014 - May 18, 2014 The Majestic Theatre Manchester, NH
Feb 13, 2014 - Mar 8, 2014 Redwood Curtain Theatre Eureka, CA
Sep 13, 2014 - Sep 23, 2014 Cortland Repertory Preble, NY
Apr 18, 2014 - May 4, 2014 LAMB Arts Regional Theatre Sioux City, IA
Feb 19, 2014 - Mar 9, 2014 ARTStation Theatre Stone Mountain, GA
Feb 7, 2014 - Feb 9, 2014 The Majestic Theatre Manchester, NH
Dec 6, 2013 - Dec 15, 2013 The Drama Group Chicago Heights, IL
Dec 4, 2013 - Dec 29, 2013 Actor's Playhouse Coral Gables, FL
Nov 7, 2013 - Dec 29, 2013 Fox Valley Repertory St. Charles, IL
Oct 4, 2013 - Oct 20, 2013 Tabard Theatre Company San Jose, CA
Sep 28, 2013 - Oct 13, 2013 Broadhollow Theatre Company East Islip, NY
Jul 24, 2013 - Aug 11, 2013 Nebraska Repertory Theatre Lincoln, NE
May 17, 2013 - Jun 2, 2013 Curtain Call Theatre Bothell, WA
May 3, 2013 - May 19, 2013 Lamb's Regional Theatre Sioux City, IA
Apr 12, 2013 - Apr 21, 2012 Jackson County Stage Company Carbondale, IL
Nov 15, 2012 - Dec 8, 2012 Montgomery Theater Souderton, PA
Sep 7, 2012 - Oct 21, 2012 American Heartland Theatre Kansas City, MO
May 3, 2012 - Jun 10, 2012 Theatre at the Center Munster, IN
Nov 10, 2011 - Nov 27, 2011 Canyon Moon Theatre Sedona, AZ
Jun 14, 2011 - Jul 3, 2011 Peninsula Players Fish Creek, WI