Mary and Joseph could find no room at the inn, but Marys and Josephs can find some free room at Los Angeles' Late Nite Catechism through Jan. 20. The Catholic-themed comedy will offer a free seat in the Upstairs at the Coronet to those persons who present valid ID identifying themselves as a Mary or a Joseph.
Maripat Donovan's Late Nite Catechism opened the new 150-seat space at the Coronet Dec. 3, 1999. The interactive one-woman play features America's "favorite nun," who teaches an adult education catechism class to a roomful of "students." Donovan's character, "Sister," goes from benevolent instructor to Marine drill sergeant as time goes on, rewarding the students who give correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards.
Donovan directed the show, which she co-wrote with Vicki Quade. The show has previously been performed in New York (where it is still running), Seattle, Chicago and most recently in Los Angeles where Donovan performed it at the Henry Fonda Theatre.
The Coronet Theatre is located at 368 North La Cienega in Los Angeles. There is a hotline for Monday night play readings info at: (310) 285-8148 and the box office number for shows is (310) 657-7377. To call toll-free for tickets and information: (877) 386-6968.
— By Christine Ehren
and Murdoch McBride