“The Savannah Disputation:” A Comedy Opens Penguin Rep’s 2014 Season

Bill Phillips (Father Murphy), Kate Siepert (Melissa), Tina Johnson (Margaret) and Susan Pellegrino (Mary). Photo credit: Aaron Pepis
Bill Phillips (Father Murphy), Kate Siepert (Melissa), Tina Johnson (Margaret) and Susan Pellegrino (Mary).
Photo credit: Aaron Pepis

“Its a heaven sent comedy with a strong message,” says Penguin Rep’s Artistic Director Joe Brancato of the season opener for the gutsiest little theatre off-Broadway in Stony Point.

The show centers around sisters Mary and Margaret who forget all about Southern Hospitality when a young Barbie Doll of an evangelist named Melissa knocks at their front doors and shakes up their beliefs. Faced with Melissa’s persistent cheerfulness, the two sisters are forced to call in a local priest, Father Murphy, for backup.

Brancato says ” Who knew that faith could be such a funny business…in this comic look at faith and morals in the not so United States.”

The first of the main stage production for Penguin Reps 37th season opens Friday, May 16 and plays through June 8. The cast of “The Savannah Disputation” includes Tina Johnson, a veteran of Broadway shows, as Margaret, Susan Pellegrino, also a Broadway show veteran, as Mary, Bill Phillips as Father Murphy, and Kate Siepert as Mellissa, the evangelist.

Directed by Mark Shanahan.