MNA will be gathering to see Brother Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist in his newest play, "Patriarchs and Penises".
PURCHASE TICKETS in advance at www.samsingleton.com for $12.00. Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.00.
Afterward, freethinkers are invited to stay for a chat with Brother Sam or his creator, Roger Scott Jackson. Please see the Brother Sam website for info and laughs.
Also, stay tuned: an MNA podcast featuring BOTH Brother Sam and Roger Scott will soon be available at www.mnatheists.org
JUNE 17, 2009 -- Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist’s live performances draw a surprisingly diverse audience--not only the expected “true nonbelievers” and “philosophical and theological types” but, a lot of people who just like to laugh, according to tour manager Cari Park.
The two-act show Patriarchs and Penises, which writer-actor Roger Scott Jackson describes as a theater piece rather than a stand-up act, will be presented at Sweeney’s Saloon and Cafe at 96 Dale St., N. in St. Paul, Saturday, July 11, at 8 p.m.
Park describes the scene: “The stage is black and bare except for a pulpit, a small altar bench, three rickety folding chairs, and a coat tree, all starkly white. Brother Sam, in his signature frock coat, blue vest and matching spectacles, conducts the crowd through a hilarious and hair-raising tour of his childhood among ‘the tongues-speaking, snake-handling, frothing-at-the-mouth holy rollers,’ and subsequent ‘reversion to the atheistic state into which we all are born,’ before ending Act I with a mercilessly satiric deconstruction of the role of God in American life.”
She notes that the second act has Brother Sam teaching a “biblically accurate but somewhat irreverent “Bible class” in which Brother Sam satirically details the symbolic use of penises throughout the Scriptures. “Nobody ever told me that what ties the whole book together, its narrative thread, is penises,’ he says.
“Don’t look for Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris,” says Park. “This is comedy. From the subtlest irony to the most flagrant ridicule, it never fails at its purpose, which is to provoke both thought and laughter. Like Brother Sam says, ‘If anybody can use some laughs and encouragement, it’s atheists.’”
The performance itself lasts a little less than two hours including a 15 minute intermission. A social hour with Brother Sam will follow. Tickets are available in advance for $12 at www.samsingleton.com. Any remaining tickets will be available for $15 dollars at the door.