THEATER: “How to Pray” Has Its New York Premiere at Bridge Street Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

September 14th, 2017, 1:30 pm by Sara
Morgan Hooper and Susan Slotoroff in “How to Pray” Photo: John Sowle.

Morgan Hooper and Susan Slotoroff in “How to Pray” Photo: John Sowle

Greater Nippertown theater fans are in for a rare treat as Michelle Carter’s award-winning comedy How to Pray receives its second production ever today (September 14) through Sunday, September 24 at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre.

Winner of the Susan Glaspell Contest for Best New Play and a PEN USA Award for Drama, this hilarious and thrillingly theatrical play received its world premiere at the Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ in a production which featured actor Steven Patterson as a cat, a dog, a 90-year-old cancer patient and a karaoke-singing pre-op transsexual soup kitchen worker. “It’s one of the most beautifully written and challenging roles I’ve ever had a chance to play,” says Patterson, “and it’s a true joy getting the chance to re-visit it again in this new production, the play’s New York premiere”

When a young married couple find themselves unable to conceive a child, the husband’s sister Faith, a young single woman who works as a volunteer coordinator for a Meals On Wheels type program and who has never wanted children of her own, reluctantly agrees to act as a surrogate. When complications ensue, she finds herself in an ethical and moral quandary for which prayer seems to be the only way out. But she finds she has no idea how to pray. Or to whom. Plenty of others seem to have their own answers to the question of how she should live her life. But in the end, could it be that the relentlessly optimistic dog she’s rescued from a shelter is the only one that can teach her what really matters?

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