Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

The God Committee by Mark St. Germain

The God Committee

Performance Dates & Tickets

September 28 - October 6, 2007
Friday & Saturday nights at 8 PM
Adults - $14, Students & Seniors - $10
Call 440-247-8955 (Mon-Sat, 1-6 PM)
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About the Play

Three elligible transplant candidates...
only one heart...

Directed by Kate Tonti Sponsored by LifeBanc in association with Dr. Shelly and Jan Jones Artz

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre's "Sheilds Players" tackle medical ethics in this suspenseful drama by Mark St. Germain. The God Committee, brings the audience into the board room of the St. Patrick's Hospital, where tension runs high between members of the transplant selection committee. In the play, we meet Jack, an older doctor who has recently returned to head the committee, taking over from an excellent but unpleasant heart surgeon. We also meet Ann, who has recently lost of her daughter and wants to resign, and a young resident named Keira who acts as proxy for the doctor who’s transporting the heart. Nella is a veteran nurse, and wheelchair-bound Dominick is a lighthearted social worker. Also present is Father Dunbar, a former trial lawyer who is helping the committee to avoid lawsuits. The result is a collision of medicine, money, and morality in what has been called 'a cross between E.R. and 'Twelve Angry Men'. The God Committee premiered at Barrington Stage Company and opened at the Lambs Theatre, NYC, in March, 2006.

About the Playwright

Mark St. Germain has written the plays Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle and Lucille Lortel Awards),Out of Gas on Lover’s Leap and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”). His play Ears on a Beatle premiered at the Barrington Stage Company and was then produced Off-Broadway by Daryl Roth and a revival of his play The Collyer Brother at Home was also produced by Barrington Stage in May, 2006. With Randy Courts, he has written the  musicals The Gifts of the Magi, Johnny Pye and the Foolkiller, winner of an AT&T “New Plays For The Nineties Award” and  Jack’s Holiday at Playwrights Horizons. Their adaptation of Walter Wangerin’s The Book of the Dun Cow was presented by the  Prospect Theatre, NYC, in February, 2006. Mark’s musical, Stand by Your Man, The Tammy Wynette Story was created for Nashville’s Ryman Theater, the original Grand Ol’ Opry, has toured nationally. Television credits include Writer and Creative Consultant for “The Cosby Show” and writer for Dick Wolf’s “Crime and Punishment” and “The Wright Verdicts.” He co-wrote the screenplay for Carroll Ballard’s acclaimed film, Duma. Mark is an alumnus of New Dramatists, where he was given the Joe A. Callaway Award, member of the Dramatists Guild and the Writer’s Guild East . He was awarded the “New Voices In American Theatre”award at the William Inge Theatre Festival, 2001.

The Shields Players

Steve ShieldsThe Shields Players, entering its fourth season in 2007, is devoted to educating young adults in the craft of acting through practical experience in a professional environment. It was founded to honor Steve Shields, a major benefactor of CVLT, and to provide a vehicle for young adults too old for CVLT's Youth Theatre program. Previous Shields Players productions have been Midsummer Night's Dream, Taming of the Shrew, and Little Women. Many alums from the group have gone on to pursue theatre degrees and/or work in theatres throughout Northeast Ohio. For the 79th Season, the Shields Players will most likely move from the Main Stage to the River Street Playhouse building next door, which is owned by Mr. Shields.