The hit show Late Nite Catechism has played to audiences internationally for many years. Written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, this show will take you back to the days of the traditional Catholic schools. Well, maybe not that traditional! Whether or not you are Catholic, you, as a member of the audience, will become a student in a hilarious adult catechism class. Late Nite Catechism is a sharp satire but never mean. It is simply an evening of fun and laughter.
Late Nite Catechism Comes to Scottsdale
Late Nite Catechism began its run at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts (approximately 12 miles east of Phoenix) in June 2000. It was the first off-Broadway show to appear in extended runs all over the United States, originally as a fundraiser for many worthwhile organizations across the country. The show promises to provide lots of smiles and an evening of hilarious entertainment.
The longest-running theatrical production in Arizona, Patti Hannon has played the role of Sister for Arizona audiences since 2000. Before coming to Scottsdale, she performed Late Nite Catechism in Chicago, then Boston and New York.
How Many Different Late Nite Catechism Plays Are There?
Late Nite Catechism has been an audience favorite at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. It was joined by the show’s sequel, Late Nite Catechism II: Sometimes We Feel Guilty Because We Are Guilty, in March 2004. The third in the series, Late Nite Catechism III: ‘Til Death Do Us Part began in January 2009. They are not always running every season, but the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts typically has at least one of the three shows on the schedule. During the holidays, Sister teaches her students (members of the audience) the story of the Nativity and asks for their help to solve the greatest Christmas caper ever – who swiped the gold that those three wise men gave to Baby Jesus, in Sister's Christmas Catechism: The Mystery of the Magi’s Gold.
Do You Have To Be Catholic?
All the shows in the Late Nite Catechism series are intended only to entertain all ages; there is no deep or philosophical treatise here on Catholicism or the Catholic church. If you went to Catholic School in decades past, you will surely associate with some of Sister's attitudes and antics. If you didn't, or you know nothing about the Catholic religion, it really doesn't matter. You will have fun anyway!
In Scottsdale, the Late Nite Catechism plays are typically presented in a smaller, more intimate theater. You might not be able to hide from Sister if she is looking for someone to call on to answer a question!
Get directions, a map, ticket information and learn more about Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts here.