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Captain of the Bible Quiz Team

Tom Jacobson
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Just out of seminary, an idealistic Lutheran minister returns to a country church in Minnesota for Christmas and experiences an epiphany. Seven sermons in a single service: a tragicomedy with Jell-O.

Production Info

Cast: 1 total (1 female, 1 male, flexible casting, 1 female or male)
Full Length Drama (about 80 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Good humor, earnestness and lots of heart. Pastor Sorenson ended up in tears and, judging by the sniffles, so did much of the audience.” —Los Angeles Times

“I would urge all thoughtful theater-goers to visit one of the rotating churches around LA where CAPTAIN OF THE BIBLE QUIZ TEAM is being staged and see Mark Jacobson’s sensitive treatment of a potent spiritual conundrum.” —CurtainUp

“… it can hardly be denied that stage shows and formal Christian worship both revolve around the theatrically purposed performance of a text in front of an audience. Part of what’s so exciting about CAPTAIN OF THE BIBLE QUIZ TEAM, the soberly engaging new play by Tom Jacobson … is what happens when a playwright of Jacobson’s caliber acknowledges that relationship. The immersive drama uses both the logic and the liturgy of a Lutheran church service to create a hyper-naturalistic, audience-interactive, single-performer story dramatizing recent headlines.” —LA Weekly

About the Author


  • Tom Jacobson

    Tom Jacobson has had more than 80 productions of his plays, including SPERM at Circle X Theatre Company, THE ORANGE GROVE at Playwrights Arena, and the award-winning BUNBURY, TAINTED BLOOD, OUROBOROS and THE FRIENDLY HOUR at The Road Theatre Company. THE TWENTIETH-CENTURY WAY premiered at The Theatre @ Boston Court and the New York International Fringe Festival (five Ovation Award nominations, four Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle nominations, one GLAAD Award nomination, Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding Production of a Play, PEN Center Award for Drama) and moved Off Broadway to Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre. MAKING PARADISE: THE WEST HOLLYWOOD MUSICAL was produced by Cornerstone Theater Company (Critic's Choice in Back Stage West). He has been a co-literary manager of The Theatre @ Boston Court, a founding member of Playwrights Ink, and a board member of Cornerstone Theater Company and The Theatre @ Boston Court. Most recent productions include the world premieres of THE CHINESE MASSACRE (ANNOTATED) at Circle X and HOUSE OF THE RISING SON at Ensemble Studio Theatre-LA (Critic's Choice in Back Stage West and Los Angeles Times, nominated for a GLAAD Award and winner of two Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards). Film: PRAIRIE SONATA (based on THE FRIENDLY HOUR). Opera: HOPSCOTCH, commissioned by The Industry.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 6/5/2017
Pages 38
ISBN 9780881456974

Special Notes

Special Notes

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Originally produced by Rogue Machine Theatre

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Captain of the Bible Quiz Team is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC