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So Help Me God!


Five Weeks Only:

Call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200

at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street)

or visit

November 18th through December 20th

starring Kristen Johnston with Brad Bellamy, Catherine Curtin, Amy Fitts, Jeremy Lawrence, Ned Noyes,

Kevin O’Donnell, John G. Preston, Allen Lewis Rickman, Kraig Swartz, Peter Van Wagner, Matthew Waterson, Margot White, John Windsor-Cunningham

and Anna Chlumsky sets Bill Clarke costumes Clint Ramos lights Robert Wierzel sound Jane Shaw properties Deborah Gaouette stage manager Samone B. Weissman asst. stage manager Lauren McArthur

Only $55 per ticket! Tues, Weds, Thurs at 7pm; Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sat & Sun at 2pm Matinee Wednesday November 25th at 2pm No performance Thanksgiving Nov.26th Added Sunday night performance November 29th at 7pm

November 18th to December 20th at the Lucille Lortel Theater

So Help Me God!

directed by Jonathan Bank

Artistic Director Jonathan Bank General Manager Sherri Kotimsky

by Maur ine Dallas Watkins

dir ected by jonathan ban k star r ing kr isten johnston

SO HELP ME GOD! is the story of Kerry, a young actress from Cincinnati, equal parts ambition and idealism, struggling to remain thus on her road to success on Broadway, 1929. In a New York minute, Kerry lands a supporting part as well as the job of understudy to the great Lily Darnley, the temperamental and tempestuous leading lady. Apparently chosen because she has neither experience, talent, nor blond hair that might compete with Miss Darnley’s, Kerry nevertheless ends up threatening to steal the show. Lily is a creation as fascinating and unforgettable as Roxie Hart, the “merry murderess” from CHICAGO, the bestknown work by Maurine Dallas Watkins. Like CHICAGO, SO HELP ME GOD! is a satirical comedy focused on a woman with an insatiable desire for attention and the people and industries that thrive on her success. “Nothing is more amusing than Roxie’s increasingly voracious appetite for the front-page,” writes Brooks Atkinson in his New York Times review of CHICAGO in 1926. But indeed Lily’s desire to be center stage may be even more hilarious. Caricature above from a Playbill for Show Boat, 1928.

“Why, there should be a line at the stage door to see me –Just waiting for a glimpse, nudging each other; “That’s her – Lily Darnley!” School girls, shop girls, housewives, debutantes—I am what they’d all like to be: I’m beauty, I’m romance, I’m glamour…” SO HELP ME GOD! was slated to open on Broadway on October 28, 1929 (the title had been changed that fall to AN OLD FASHIONED GIRL.) Starring Helen MacKellar as Lily Darnley and Sylvia Sydney as Kerry, it first played the “Subway Circuit” in Brooklyn and Queens, then a popular option for tryouts. Mysteriously, on October 16, a notice appeared in The New York Times that the play was being “withdrawn for revision” Eight days, later, on October 24, the stock market crashed, escalating to the “Black Tuesday” disaster of October 29. The Great Depression had begun, and any Broadway hopes for SO HELP ME GOD! were gone. Apparently Watkins stashed the play in a figurative drawer where it remained for 80 years until the literary agent for the Watkins estate brought the play to “the diligent literary bloodhounds at Mint Theater Company,” (Time Out New York).

So Help Me God! 311 W 43rd St, suite 307 New York, NY 10036

at the Lucille Lortel Theater

November 18th


December 20th

New York, NY Permit No. 7528


non-profit u.s. postage

So Help Me God! by Maurine Dallas Watkins  

Starring Kristen Johnston