God Hates This Show, Featuring Erin Markey as Westboro Leader Shirley Phelps-Roper, Begins Oct. 16

By Adam Hetrick
October 16, 2013

Erin Markey, Allison Guinn, Adam Enright and Anna Marquardt lead the cast of God Hates This Show: Shirley Phelps-Roper In Concert, live from Hell, a new comedy that takes aim at the Westboro Baptist Church, beginning Oct. 16 at HERE.



Progressive Theatre Workshop presents the work, which is written and directed by John J. Caswell, Jr. and uses lyrics penned by the Westboro Baptist Church. Performances will run through Oct. 20.

Markey (Our Hit Parade) stars as Shirley Phelps-Roper in a cast that also includes Guinn (Hair), Enright (Williamsburg! The Musical), Marquardt (Walmartopia!), Carolyn Barry and Kristina King.

Here's how it's billed: "God Hates This Show is a holy ghost filled cabaret/arena rock show set in a sadistic flame filled haunted house/lounge located in the heart of Hell's Magnificent Mile where the fashion is flawless, the heat is pretty hot, and the demons can't wait to show you a good time. And by show you a good time, we mean rip you apart and put you back together again. Gnash your teeth, ladies and gentlemen. It's time to get dead, get drunk, and get damned... Our show imagines Shirley Phelps-Roper (Markey) as recently deceased, banished to Hell, and forced for all eternity to sing her favorite earthly songs. She is accompanied by a live band and an ensemble of demonic back up singers."

Sean Roschman choreographs with musical direction by Mark Fifer.

Musical arrangements are by Brooke Fox and Kurt Gellersted, with lighting design by Wolfram Ott, projection design by Olivia Sebesky and scenic and prop design by Progressive Theatre Workshop.

For tickets, visit Here.org. Here is located at 145 6th Avenue.