Actor Wanted for Happy Endings Church for the 2022 MN Fringe Festival
Happy Endings Church is a satirical comedy about Gayle Haggard, whose husband, Ted Haggard, was one of the leading anti-gay Evangelical Christian activists of the early 2000’s in the USA. If you Google Ted’s name, you’ll find:
- clips of him on Oprah,
- a documentary about him by Nancy Pelosi’s daughter,
- clips of him from the breakthrough documentary Jesus Camp,
- an episode of This American Life that features him,
- best-selling books,
- some clips of him riding a Harley motorcycle inside his church,
- and lots and lots of news articles where he bashes the GLBTQ+ community while promoting his growing megachurch.
Ted’s wife, Gayle, cheered him throughout it all, then….Ted got busted having sex with a male prostitute. He shamefully fell from the limelight, was booted from the church he founded, was expelled from the state of Colorado by his church board, and Gayle took over the Haggard ministry from there, starting a new church, writing best-selling novels, and, basically, becoming Ted! I am endlessly-fascinated by Gayle’s ascent to power, and that’s what this musical is largely about.
More information at https://happyendingschurch.com/cast-handbook/