A New Play (in development) – Caught in the Pulpit

Jun 4, 2015

by Linda LaScola

Last Thursday afternoon in mid-town Manhattan was a very exciting day – for me, Dan Dennett and the assembled guests and actors.

It was the first reading of a new play-in-development based on interviews from the study we conducted with non-believing clergy. Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with the working title, Caught in the Pulpit, which is the same as the book we wrote on the same subject.

Dan got the play idea back in 2009 then he was reading transcripts, thinking that the dialogue between me and the clergy would make great drama. It came to fruition when we found a writer, Marin Gazzaniga, who has both theatre and TV experience.  We also found a funder.  The Richard Dawkins Foundation has generously provided a grant to develop the play. To gain access to the material, Marin went through the same Tufts University Institutional Review Board process that Dan and I did. Seventeen of the study participants gave her permission to read their transcripts. The only control over the project Dan and I have is regarding confidentiality issues. Marin is the playwright.  It is her play.


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6 comments on “A New Play (in development) – Caught in the Pulpit

  • ‘Wouldn’t be Caught Dead in the Pulpit’, the sequel.

    Catholic Church is not faring well in southern Illinois; one youngish priest, after delivering a few months of “conservative” masses, left robes at the alter and became a run-away bride groom. Happy man he is. Also, consider

    Bishop Poppycock, who held a “light exorcism”, as a precaution, the same day same-sex marriage bill was signed. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/21/thomas-paprocki-illinois-_n_4317432.html. Laugh, kookaburra, laugh.



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  • I wish the whole project well but what is really needed is a good comedy writer and a whole series on the Telly. I would even go back to watching the box if it happened!



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    sseldogeno says:

    Wow! I am so glad they didn’t think of including at least one Hispanic actor in this group, because of course, Latinos are just a small group, specially in NYC, and they don’t have this kind of problems in church or in their communities, or maybe because they couldn’t find one single Latino actor good enough to be part of this group.



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