Director Leonard Foglia has announced the cast for his production of David Rambo's God's Man In Texas, which opens July 16 at the Old Globe Theatre for a six-week run. Robert Pescovitz stars as Reverend Jeremiah Mears; Robert Symonds as Dr. Phillip Gottschall; and Andy Taylor as Hugo Taney.
The creative team consists of Robin Sanfoird Roberts (set design); Ann Archbold (lighting designer); Lewis Brown (costume designer); Jeff Ladman (sound designer); and Raul Moncada (stage manager).
Based on a true story, the play pits two men of God against each other in the "Baptist Super Bowl." Gottschall has led the Rock Baptist Church of Houston for the past 50 years and shows no signs of slowing down. But the church authorities think the time is ripe to start looking for his successor, and when they settle on the ambitious rising star Mears, the aging pastor is unwilling to give up his position. As they struggle for control of the multi- million-dollar institution, a new convert attempts to step in as referee. The result is a powerful examination of faith, politics and power.
Foglia's directing credits include the Broadway, national tour, and London productions of Terrence McNally's Master Class, as well as the Broadway production of Wait Until Dark. He is also the co-author of three mystery novels.
God's Man in Texas will be seen in the Cassius Carter Centre Stage through Aug. 26.Old Globe Theatre is located in Balboa Park. For tickets and information call (619) 239-2255.
-- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent