God Laughed… No Joke!
Playing Time: 90 minutes | Playing Space: 4×4 meters, 12×12 feet | Genre: Commedia dell’Arte
Belleherst’s raucous comedy, God Laughed…No Joke! is an encouraging ‘moment of truth’ which brings hope and joy as it addresses the ‘angst’ of the world’s collective soul trying to juggle the fluctuating stock market, the economic down turn, the latest war front, political corruption and natural disasters. Civil strife, economic collapse, republican corruption and loss of faith beset Rome in 60AD, whose emperor is no other than that son of Jupiter, Nero. The self-proclaimed emperor of the world has put the Christians in Rome under his persecuting thumb. Thus… for two newly baptized Greek slaves, serving as pantomime servants in the house of Flavius Nerva, it’s a very stressful time. A pot of boiling oil, the stinging flagella of their master’s whip and a coliseum stocked with hungry lions fill the thoughts of Cornelius and Titus as they plot and scheme how to pacify the distraught Roman Senator Flavius Nerva, their Master.
In spite of the persecution against the Christians, the two Greek slaves are so excited by their recent conversion to Christianity that they make the grave error of suggesting to their master that there is a single God; and what’s worse—that He laughs! In a furious rage, Flavius Nerva gives his two slaves one hour to prepare their explanation of this heresy against the Roman Pantheon—or else! This leaves the two slaves with a dilemm
Titus and Cornelius’s Dilema: How to find the moment in the story when God laughed? How to tell the whole story of God before the hour glass is finished? How to save themselves from being some lion’s diner if they fail?
Gott lachte… ohne Witz!
Performed in German translation by Marion Kleinschmitt. Contact in Germany: firstname.lastname@example.org