Three friends. One wedding. Two existential crises.
Written by STC Artistic Fellow Anna Alison Brenner and helmed by Directing Fellow Charlie Marie McGrath, God is Dead and April Is Getting Married is a Shakespeare Theatre Company Professional Fellowship Production—produced, designed and promoted exclusively by STC’s 2016–2017 Fellow Cohort. Local D.C. guest actors Eleanor Todd (El), Neal Gallini-Burdick (Elliot) and Miranda Rizzolo (April) comprised the ensemble.
Even as you grow old and apart, old friends have ways of coming back to haunt you. After falling out of contact for five years, high school classmates El and Elliott receive April’s wedding invitation, forcing them to alter their perceptions of the world and how they choose to fit into it. God is Dead and April’s Getting Married follows these three friends as they attempt to reconcile memory with reality, exploring the intersections between queerness, religion and friendship.
STC’s Professional Fellowship program provides approximately 20 season-long fellowship positions in all areas of the theatre, working alongside renowned designers, actors, artists and administrative professionals, , and to be fully integrated into the day-to-day operations of the nation’s leading classical theatres. It is a highly competitive program, with hundreds of talented applicants from around the country vying for the 20 spots. This was the first time in many years that the fellows have chosen to come together in order to put on a show, and the very first time that the fellows have produced an original play written by one of their own.
God Is Dead and April is Getting married opened May 19, 2017 at Sidney Harman Hall.
Photo Credit: Rebecca Watson