Catechism classes are never as much fun - or as hilarious - as when they are led by Sister in the international hit comedy Late Nite Catechism by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan.
The original hit Late Nite Catechism has brought its nostalgic kick to every state in the U.S. as well as to Canada, the U.K., and Australia. Late Nite Catechism is an uproariously funny play that takes the audience back to their youth. The irrepressible "Sister" teaches class to a roomful of "students" (the audience). Throughout the course of the class the benevolent instructor rewards the "students" for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and other nifty prizes. Naughty students may well find themselves on stage sitting in a corner reflecting their actions. However, even the most reluctant "students" will be clamoring to get into this Sister's "class."
Show times are Tuesday - Friday, March 12 - 15 at 7:30 PM; Saturday, March 16 at 2 & 6 PM; and Sunday, March 17 at 2 PM. Tickets are $33 Tuesday - Thursday & $38 Friday - Sunday and can be purchased by visiting the State Theatre Box Office, 453 Northampton Street, Easton, by calling 1-800-999-STATE, 610-252-3132 or online at www.statetheatre.org.
MARY ZENTMYER (Sister) has been busy touring all over the USA with Late Nite Catechism and Sister's Christmas Catechism, performing in several venues in California, Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, making her off-Broadway debut at the Theatre at St. Luke's in New York City; Pennsylvania, and Florida. Mary also taught Late Nite Catechism at the Ivanhoe Theatre in Chicago from October 1996 until May 1998. Mary was born and raised (Catholic) in Chicago, and has been performing in plays since she was 10 years old, professionally since 1991, at such Chicago theatres as the Candlelight-Forum Dinner Playhouse, Pheasant Run Dinner Theatre, the Sabre Room, Victory Gardens Theatre and the Chicago Dramatists Workshop. Some of her favorite roles include Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, the Evil Queen in Snow White, Clelia in The Nerd, the Defenseless Creature in The Good Doctor and Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy. Old habits are hard to break. Mary has portrayed Sister Berthe in The Sound of Music and Sister Catherine in Do Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? (while it was still being written by John Powers at Northeastern Illinois University, where she obtained her BA in Speech and Performing Arts).
Funds from the play help to support retired nuns in need. The authors, Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, discovered that when Social Security was implemented in the United States, the Catholic Church opted out for nuns. This has since changed and social security is in place. However, the raising of funds for the local monastery is always offered to each presenting organization. If the offering is taken at the end of the performance, the actresses encourage everyone in the audience to give generously.
For more about the show, go to www.latenitecatechism.info.