New for Spring 2016
Sam Singleton Presents Robert G. Ingersoll's Thomas Paine opens
with a fifteen minute preamble in which Brother Sam provides some
insights into the life, times, and philosophy of Robert G. Ingersoll,
and how he came to “make a personal project of defending the legacy
of Thomas Paine.” The main event, Ingersoll on Paine, is a fifty-
minute distillation of two lectures, presented in 1870 and 1892, that
collectively ran nearly four hours.
65 minutes plus discussion
In the richly informative and funny Peyote and Puritans, Brother
Sam explains how modern-day puritans, bent on denying civil
rights to LGBT persons, hijacked laws intended to protect Native
Americans from prosecution for the ceremonial use of peyote.
Brother Sam's introduction, When America's Most Famous
Atheist was a Liberal Republican, runs about ten minutes. In
the main event, Extract of Ingersoll, more than a dozen Robert
G. Ingersoll lectures are condensed into a single tour de force
45 minutes plus discussion
Holy rollers with some funny ideas about right and wrong, a
moonshiner, and one angry nine-year-old preacher: If the
Ocean was Whiskey and God was a Duck is Brother Sam's
recollection of the summer he first doubted God.
Revival is a satiric enactment of an old- time revival meeting like
Brother Sam attended as a boy: congregational singing,
testimonies, and a sermon (the Dill Pickle Award-winning An
Appreciation of Appreciation). The audience takes part throughout.
75 to 90 minutes
The original Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist show is still a crowd
favorite more than eight years after its premiere. From a quick de-
construction of the Bible’s main story-line, to a reminiscence of
childhood terrors among “tongues-speaking, snake-handling holy
rollers from the Ozarks,” to a merciless dissection of the role of
God in civic life, Patriarchs and Penises is fascinating, horrifying,
hilarious, and unlike anything before.
100 minutes with intermission
Brother Sam, wonders why his (holy roller) cousin Palmer picked the
god of Abraham instead of some other make-believe play-pal (Pecos
Bill, for instance), recalls how Huckleberry Finn “ruined Jesus for
young Brother Sam," explains to Palmer what spires and crosses and
minarets mean to nonbelievers, and sorts out what separates sheep
from goats. And cats.
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