Poster art by Alfred Schatz

Poster art by Alfred Schatz

Amerissiah may surprise those who have grown to love the hectic hilarity of the Amoralists’ other works. Messianic zeal, the duties of fathers and the postbelief vacuum all figure here, and the balance tips away from zaniness and toward sincerity.
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Throughout, the writing in this Amoralists production is zestful, filled with scatological zingers and trippy non sequiturs, which the company delivers with gritty aplomb. Their work ensures laughter. It also forces theatergoers to contemplate the deeper meaning behind Ahonen’s screwy comedy.
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Ahonen takes family dysfunction to brand new, shockingly original heights. Take a look at the future of downtown New York theatre.
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The Amoralists are the new Sam Shepard
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Amerissiah

Written and Directed by Derek Ahonen

June 3rd - June 28th, 2010
Theatre 80 Saint Marks

Barry Ricewater is dying of cancer. He also claims to be the Messiah. His older, hippie wife and his recovering drug-addict brother believe him, but the rest of the family harbors doubts. Barry’s sister and father are preoccupied dodging jail sentences for fraud, and their lawyer is ready to send them to the big house. When an aspiring rapper and his seemingly psychic wife show up looking for the Amerissiah, the family is forced to confront their sins and seek redemption- but are they worshiping a false idol?

Starring:

William Apps | Selene Beretta | Jennifer Fouche | James Kautz | Nick Lawson | Sarah Lemp | Matthew Pilieci | Aysha Quinn and George Walsh

Crew:

Stage Manager: Dan Stern | Assistant Director: Jeremy Duncan Pape | Set Design/Fight Director: Alfred Schatz | Lighting Designer: Jeremy Duncan Pape | Sound Designer: Brian Lazarus | Costume Designer: Ricky Lang | Spiritual Adviser: Larry Cobra

The original production was directed by Derek Ahonen with the following cast: William Apps | Selene Beretta | Deirdre Brenna | Nancy Clarkson | Jennifer Fouche | Adam Fujita | James Kautz | Matthew Pilieci and George Walsh

Photos by Larry Cobra