'The God Game' offers political insight at the Front Porch Theatre

Jessica Klarp
Special To The Black Mountain News

The Front Porch Theatre at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts announces its production of The God Game by Suzanne Bradbeer.

Billed as a non-partisan political drama, this intimate look into three lives embroiled in life-changing decisions features Alexa Edelman, Matt Lutz, Corey Parlamento and is directed by Brad Archer. The production is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Tickets are $20 and are on sale now for shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-20, Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 22, 28 and Nov. 4.

There will be a brief discussion with the actors following the matinee performances, but the show will stimulate conversation long after the curtain has come down.

Matt Lutz, Alexa Edelman and Corey Parlamento work through their lines for the opening scene of the Front Porch Theatre’s production of The God Game which runs for three weeks at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts.

The God Game is a play about faith and politics, marriage and friendship, choices and consequences. When the play opens, we meet Tom, a Virginia Senator and rising star in the Republican Party and his savvy, devoted wife.

A long-time family friend resurfaces and offers Tom the opportunity of a lifetime, causing Tom to have a crisis of conviction while his marriage hangs precariously in the balance.  

“For this first play of our sixth season,” said Lutz, who in addition to acting in this piece is also artistic director of the Front Porch Theatre. “I wanted us to produce a drama that will share some of the same appeal as last season’s Freud’s Last Session.  I am always drawn to plays that feel real – where the characters speak the way real people speak, and the stakes are tangible, like in life. The God Game absolutely fits the bill in that regard.”

The cast is currently in rehearsal and working hard to nail all the nuances of the writing. Director Brad Archer, who comes to the Front Porch Theatre after teaching theatre arts at Appalachian State, is interested in finding the organic core to what each character represents, and how the characters move the action forward with their point of view.

The ensemble has had a conference call with author Suzanne Bradbeer to gain additional insight. One of the things that makes the script so strong is that the audience will have a hard time determining which way the author leans: not right nor left but in towards the heart of things.

With one season under his belt, Lutz has been ambitious in his approach to the Front Porch Theatre’s upcoming season. He has expanded the number of weeks the show runs from two to three, incorporated regular talk backs after the matinees, chosen works that are challenging for the actors and compelling for audiences, and added a summer musical to the mix.

This main sponsor of the show is Swannanoa Realty, with additional support from anonymous donors and from within the community. 

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located at 225 West State Street in Black Mountain. For tickets or more information please call 669-0930 or visit BlackMoutainArts.org