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God's Favorite Last Modified: Wednesday, September 24, 2008
God's Favorite
by Neil Simon
Directed by Jerry Davis
October 2002
Synopsis

Neil Simon's actually made a funny play from the Book of Job transferring the scene to a Long Island (here relocated to Hot Springs) mansion where resides a tycoon, his wife, a prodigal son, and a pair of kookie twins. Then one night a messenger from God enters with a big G on his sweatshirt. Our modern Job won't renounce God, so a fire is sent to wipe him out factory and home. Everything becomes a test of his faith, including his family. He tries listing his prodigal son's qualities and can't think of any. His wife asks him how he can love a God who makes him suffer and he says his prodigal son makes him suffer and he loves him. He believes he's been chosen to show how much a man can love God. He gets an itch, then, neuralgia, tennis elbow and hemorrhoids. Having lost everything, God in the form of the messenger answers him. The messenger admits losing and asks for a letter of recommendation.

"Awesomely funny.... The work of a man of vision. It'll make you laugh out loud." N.Y. Daily News.

"His jokes have a kind of hilarious deadpan ecstasy and, even better, are taken from life." N.Y. Times.

Published by Samuel French.

Steve Burns as Joe Benjamin

James Bentley as Ben Benjamin Kristi Clark as Sarah Benjamin OUR CAST
Role Actor
Joe Benjamin: Steve Burns
Ben Benjamin: James Bentley
Sarah Benjamin: Kristi Clark
Rose Benjamin: Jan McKillip
David Benjamin: Tom Clark
Martha: Catherine Ilkka
Mady: Ann Wilson
Sidney Lipton: Josh Drake
OUR CREW
Producer: Mark Britton
Director: Jerry Davis
Assistant Director: Robert L. Simpson
Stage Manager: Robert L. Simpson
Props: Suzi Dennis
& Sheryl Watkins
Lights/Sound/Special Effects: Dave McKillip
Set Design: Mark Britton
Set Crew: Mark Britton,
Jim Cunningham,
Ray Johnson,
Bill Stout,
Suzi Dennis,
Bill Schuler,
Walter Dodson,
Bill Tanzyus,
and Nyle Cearlock
Box Office: Jean & Don Russell
and their volunteers
Season Tickets: Margaret Forsyth
Program Design: Lisa Wilhelmi
and Dave McKillip
Program Printing: 5-Star Printing
Publicity: Bill Schuler
Webmaster: Tom Clark
John Lukas
Jan McKillip as Rose Benjamin Tom Clark as David Benjamin Ann Wilson as Mady
Catherine Ilkka as Martha OUR SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Material World, Hot Springs
5-Start Printing
Florence Davis
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission
KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
Hot Springs National Part Arts Council
Joshua Drake as Sidney Lipton