James D’Entremont’s An Evening with Melba Phelps Belk is a 90-minute evisceration of the Christian Right, with musical respites by Barry Oremland. The play targets Christian celebrity culture, religious merchandising, the role of Endtime prophecy in American politics, and -- as sales of Sarah Palin's Going Rogue surge heavenward -- the entire Palin clan. Christine Donnelly, Richard Sheinmel and Nomi Tichman perform this new work under David Vining's direction at the East Village art space A Gathering of the Tribes for three nights in December.
An Evening with Melba Phelps Belk is the perfect counterpoint to the antics of Glenn Beck and the exploding popularity of reactionary movements like the Tea Party Patriots. Melba Belk (Christine Donnelly), is a televangelist, a best-selling Christian author, and one of Alaska’s former governor's closest friends. The play depicts a lecture she delivers in a church basement a week before Christmas. Hilarious though she is, Melba lays out in chilling detail the twisted dogma of the Endtimers, whose God is, you had better believe it, a vengeful, punishing God.
Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 at 8 p.m. and
Sunday, December 20 at 7 p.m.
Theater: A Gathering of the Tribes
Address: 285 E 3rd St, 2nd Fl (between Ave C
|Cost:$10. or Call: at 212-431-7137|