31 March 2007 IN GOOD FAITH
By Joe Godfrey
St. Bernards Episcopal Church, a magnificent century-old edifice in mid-town Manhattan, is facing challenges: a dwindling congregation, extensive repairs to the structure, an uncertain future. Hoping to bring new vigor to the church and instill vitality into a fund-raising campaign, the vestry search for and hire an energetic and dynamic priest from Atlanta, GA. What the new priest brings to St. Bernards, however, surprises and shocks most of the vestry, causing them to wonder if they have made a huge mistake. Battle lines are drawn, heels are dug in, motives and consciences are re-examined.
IN GOOD FAITH examines issues of leadership, values, class, honesty, jealousy, real estate, and ultimately, what is faith truly based upon? By the end of the play, it is up to the congregation to decide how and if St. Bernards will survive.
Joe Godfrey's play, Child Support, was produced in 2005 at the Provincetown Playwrights Festival and was seen that fall as part of the Montreal International Theater Festival. His play, Message Therapy, was produced in 2003 at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West and was named “runner-up” in the 2002 Eric Bentley New Play Competition. His play, Bed & Breakfast, opened the 2001 Key West Festival and has been produced in Provincetown, MA and Lexington, KY. His award-winning play, The Call Back, first produced by Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, was seen in June of 2005 at Repertory Theatre of New Britain (CT), after productions at the Henrico Theatre, Richmond, VA, and the Gallery Players, Brooklyn, NY. Joe’s holiday party, A Queer Carol, was presented at the Duplex Cabaret Theatre in Manhattan and also in Atlanta, Buffalo Memphis, and Phoenix. A Queer Carol has been published in Plays & Paywrights 2003, edited by Martin Denton, nytheatre.com. Excerpts of the play were published in a new “scene study” anthology by St. Martin’s Press. Other productions include Laptrapp at Emerging Artist Theatre, Communications at The Gallery Theatre, Flight at the Hohn Houseman, and his one-acts, SwanSong, Take Two, Beep, Rabbit Ears, and Wild Spots, have been feaured in festivals around the country. He is also an actor and is often heard on radio and TV voice-overs. Joe graduated cum laude from Lehigh University, taught English at the Peddie School and studied writing with Mark O’Donnell and acting with Mel Blanc, Austin Pendleton and Uta Hagen. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the Playwrights Division of TOSOS II, AEA, AFTRA, and SAG. He lives in Roxbury, CT with his partner Keith Halstead. His drama, In Good Faith, will be presented by Showcase Theatre as the fourth production of the season on March 31st, 2007.