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Beatniks On Conkey

Making GOD Laugh

by Sean Grennan

A Beatnik Entertainment Production
directed by Bonnie and Rip Johnson

Casting Requirements

3 men and 2 women, ages vary throughout, all are aging 30 yrs during the show.

Ruthie ..matriarch of the family,starts show in her late forties and ages 30 yrs through the show
Bill........patriarch of the family, same as Ruthie ages
Richard.....younger - middle
Maddie.....younger - middle
Thomas....younger - middle

Stage and technical help are also needed

Audition Dates:

Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 5:00 - 6:00pm
Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7:00 - 8:00pm
at  Beatniks On Conkey  420 Conkey st. , Hammond, IN 46324


Friday, June 4 at 8pm
Saturday, June 5 at 8pm
Sunday, June 6 at 2pm

Friday, June 11 at 8pm
Saturday, June 12 at 8pm
Sunday, June 13 at 2pm

All performances will be at Beatniks, 420 Conkey St. Hammond, IN 46324

$18 cash only at the door. Online purchase options pending


Making God Laugh follows one typical American family over the course of thirty years' worth of holidays. Starting in 1980, Ruthie and Bill's grown children -- a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football star -- all return home, where we learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. The empty-nester parents contend with their own changes, too, as old family rituals are trotted out and ancient tensions flare up. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations. This play is funny and heart warming both comedy and tragedy of real life.

Materials to prepare:

We will be reading from the script...nothing to prepare
Bring a list of any conflicts to the rehearsal schedule with you.

Director Notes

All covid-19 Indiana recommendations will be followed.
Rehearsals will be Mon - Thurs nights, most weeks, with characters in those scenes needed; starting at 6:30 (if will work out for actors that have been cast), and go to 8:30 or 9:00. Two weeks prior to show dates may be a little longer.

This is a non-equity community theater production. TECH week is mandatory!

More info/Contact Info

219-852-0848 Beatniks, or call 219-730-7906
or email

Performances are at Beatniks on Conkey, 418/420 Conkey Street, Hammond

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