Peggy Roeder, Craig Spidle, Kevin McKillip Are Making God Laugh in Chicago Premiere Beginning May 3

News   Peggy Roeder, Craig Spidle, Kevin McKillip Are Making God Laugh in Chicago Premiere Beginning May 3
Sean Grennan's Making God Laugh, a comedy inspired by the Woody Allen quote, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans," has its Chicago premiere May 3 at Theatre at the Center.

Peggy Roeder
Peggy Roeder

Directed by William Pullinsi, the limited engagement continues through June 10. Opening night is set for May 6.

The play stars Peggy Roeder, Craig Spidle, Kevin McKillip, Joe Foust and Erin Noel Grennan.

Making God Laugh, according to press notes, "is a family comedy, following 'empty nest' parents Jimmy (Spidle) and Ruthie (Roeder), as they welcome their children home over various holidays, each ten years apart. Starting at Thanksgiving 1980, the newly 'launched' kids—a priest, an aspiring actress, and a former football player—all return home, and audiences learn of their plans and dreams as they embark on their adult lives. Over the course of thirty years' worth of celebrations, including Christmas 1990, New Year's Eve 2000 and Easter in the present, audiences follow the parents and grown children as they adapt to their new adult relationships. Tensions flare up as unresolved issues, old family traditions and dubious recipes are trotted out."

Other members of the creative team include artistic director William Pullinsi, scenic designer Angie Weber-Miller, lighting designer Geoff Bushor, sound designer Barry G. Funderburg, costume designer Brenda Winstead, wardrobe supervisor Alice Broughton, wig designer Kevin Barthel, props designer Libby Fandrei and stage manager Rebecca Green.

Theatre at the Center is offering special events in conjunction with Making God Laugh. A "Beer & Wine Tasting" event will be held May 4 at 6:30 PM, which is followed by the 8 PM performance; "Talkback Thursday," a post-show discussion with members of the cast and creative team, will be offered May 10; the "2nd Saturday Symposium" with playwright Grennan will be held May 12 at 3 PM; and "Eat, Play & Laugh," a dinner/theatre event, will be May 24. Making God Laugh is produced in association with First Folio Theatre.

Theatre at the Center is located at 1040 Ridge Road in Munster, IN. For more information and tickets, call (219) 836-3255 or visit

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