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'An Act of God' Broadway Play in Development by Atheist Comedy Writer David Javerbaum

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By Daniel Distant , Christian Post Reporter
April 24, 2014|3:30 pm

"An Act of God" could be coming to Broadway soon as a stage adaptation of atheist David Javerbaum's book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God," producer Jeffrey Finn said Wednesday. Javerbaum, the Emmy Award-winning comedy writer, will be working alongside Finn on the project, which is sure to include plenty of satire and humorous jabs at God and religion.

"An Act of God" is not fully planned, though Finn has already set a date for some time in 2015. The timetable, the cast and the creative team for the Broadway show have all yet to be established, the Associated Press reported.

"This play will help clear up the fallacy that I'm old-fashioned and holier-than-thou and instead reveal the true Me: up-to-date and holier-than-you," "God" said in a statement Javerbaum put out.

Finn was the producer for big theatrical productions like "Scandalous," "Seminar" and "Dead Accounts." Javerbaum is the former head writer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," for which he won a number of Emmy Awards, but he also has experience with Broadway — he co-wrote songs for the Tony Awards and co-wrote 2008 musical "Cry Baby."

However, Javerbaum is most well-known for his book, The Last Testament: A Memoir by God and the accompanying Twitter account @TheTweetofGod, which has over a million followers. The account is full of jokes, observations, and sacrilegious mockery.

"Everything happens for a reason, and the reason is I'm not very good at My job," read one tweet.

"Swearing to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth ON A BIBLE is one of the great ironies of life," another reads.

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"An Act of God," a new Broadway show slated for 2015, will be based on atheist comedy writer David Javerbaum's 2011 book "The Last Testament: A Memoir."

Javerbaum's book, which was released in 2011, is full of similar jokes and quips making fun of God, Jesus and religion in general. During his promotional tour of the book, he admitted to being an agnostic.

"I started the book as an Agnostic and then met God and have worked with him for a year," he told SplitSider.com previously. "And now I'm not an Atheist, but I wish I could be, having met him."

Critics from The New York Times, Salon.com and The Washington Post gave Javerbaum's book excellent reviews for its wit, but some customers both religious and non-religious had mixed reviews.

"An Act of God" will join other religion-themed Broadway shows like "Sister Act," The Book of Mormon," "Leap of Faith," "The Testament of Mary" and "Jesus Christ Superstar."

 

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