In 1966, John Lennon commented that the Beatles had become “more popular than Jesus.” This April, John Lennon and Jesus – or at least toy action figures representing them – will reconcile on the Skirball stage. Joining them will be a professor teaching a crash course on Christianity 101, a preacher of the ‘Church of Me’ trading a crucifix for a mirror, a flight attendant on ‘Air Jesus’ answering prayers via his laptop, and a singer with a rousing musical number a la Andrew Lloyd Webber. All performed by Rick Miller, who has been named one of the Most Creative People Alive by Entertainment Weekly.
“A fast, funny tour de force of fine performance skills and multimedia innovation...Miller's fresh, energetic performance is as magnetic as it is impressive.”
THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE
Bigger Than Jesus is a sinfully funny 'universal multi-dimensional celebration of the human spirit' that explores historical and modern viewpoints on Christianity. Winner of 3 Dora Awards (Canada's Tony Award equivalent) for best production, actor, and lighting, this exciting piece of multimedia theater has been praised by Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists alike.
An international success story, playing in 6 countries and 4 languages, Miller’s solo performance carefully juggles reverence and irreverence, using music, live cameras and brilliant comedic timing to create this truly unique theatrical experience.
Rick Miller is one of Canada’s most respected multi-disciplinary performers, and a veritable tour-de-force in the international theater scene. He trained in Montreal as an architect, actor, musician, playwright and is a frequent collaborator with renowned director Robert Lepage.
April 5: Post-show panel discussion on Faith & Tradition. An Interfaith panel will respond individually to the show, and then we will open up to the audience for a brief moderated discussion.
CREATED BY RICK MILLER AND DANIEL BROOKS
PERFORMED BY RICK MILLER
DIRECTED BY DANIEL BROOKS
SET & VIDEO DESIGN BEN CHAISSON & BETH KATES
LIGHTING DESIGN BETH KATES
SOUND DESIGN BEN CHAISSO
BIGGER THAN JESUS IS A WYRD PRODUCTION WITH NECESSARY ANGEL THEATRE COMPANY.