Written by Michael Gene Sullivan, Jon Brooks, Eugenie Chan, and Christian Cagigal
Directed by Ed Holmes
Score, Lyrics, and Musical Direction by Bruce Barthol
Additional Music and Lyrics by Pat Moran and Amos Glick
GODFELLAS featured Velina Brown, Christian Cagigal, Lisa Hori-Garcia, Keiko Shimosato Carreiro, Michael Gene Sullivan, and Victor Toman (During the end of the run Victor Toman's roles were performed by Kevin Rolston.)
And band members Pat Moran, Doug Port & Jara Queeto
Imagine a nation where religious fervor runs hot, and faith rhetoric runs hotter. Where belief has replaced reason, and where Liberty and Justice play a broken second fiddle to an all powerful, omniscient and omnipresent military-industrial God complex.
That's the nation Sister C.C.B. De Love wants. As the televangelizing head of the J.C.L.U. (Jesus Christ Loves U!) Ministries she would like nothing better than to bring all souls to the Lord, and all those soul's money to her. The Crusade to save California's public school by letting them accept Federal faith based money is just a start, and just the tip of the iceberg of her ultimate goal - an entire faith based Federal budget! One nation under God - way under - with Church and State united forever! With De Love and her gang's fingers on the purse strings, and hands on the wheel. If only it weren't for that pesky First Amendment in the Constitution...
And that's also the nation where Angela Franklin finds herself - a country ready to sell it's political soul to buy it's way into heaven. She works hard, and some would say too vocally, to remind people of the true power of secular democracy, and the freedom of the Enlightenment. But in her struggle to stop the coming Theocracy will she go too far? In her zeal to destroy the opiate of the masses will she make a religion out of her anti-religion, and join the ranks of the Gangsters for God? Or will she see the folly of blind faith in anything - even the Constitution - and return to Reason?
Poster by Scott Siedman
Photography by Matisse Michalski