Drama Works Theatre Company to present The God of Hell by Sam Shepard
Cast members pictured top, L-R: John Elsenbeck, Steve Spartano. Bottom, L-R: Debi Freund, Brian Cunningham
Drama Works Theatre Company, a resident theatre company in Old Saybrook, will
continue its 2024 season of plays with Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell. The show is directed by
Ed Wilhelms and features actors Debi Freund, Brian Cunningham, Steve Spartano, and John
Elsenbeck. Performances will take place March 1st, 2nd, 8th, and 9th at 7:30 PM and March 3rd
and 10th at 3:00 PM.
A brilliantly provocative farce, The God of Hell features Frank and Emma, a quiet,
respectable couple who raise cows on their Wisconsin farm. Soon after they agree to put up
Frank's old friend, Haynes, who is on the lam from a secret government project involving
plutonium, they're visited by Welch, a government bureaucrat. His aggressive patriotism puts
Frank, Emma and Haynes on the defensive, transforming a heartland American household into a
scene of torture and conformity. Shepard wrote the play in part as a response to the events of
The theatre’s upcoming selections for the 2024 season include Five Women Wearing the
Same Dress by Alan Ball, Mac Beth adapted by Erica Schmidt from William Shakespeare’s
Macbeth, Two Rooms by Lee Blessing, and Venus in Fur by David Ives. Local actors are
encouraged to check the theatre’s website for audition information throughout the year.
Drama Works Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, resident performing arts
company dedicated to the production of thought provoking, inspiring and relevant theatre. The
theatre is located at 323 Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, CT. Tickets for The God of Hell are
available online through dramaworkstheatre.org.