Playwright David Rambo's "God's Man in Texas" is set during a power struggle at a multimillion dollar church in Houston, but the play really dwells on the theatricality of megachurches.
"It's a combination of comedy and drama," says Doug Rowe, the director and one of the three actors who will present a reading of the play at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Camelot Theatre in Talent.
What: "God's Man in Texas"
When: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 10
Where: Camelot Theatre, 101 Talent Ave., Talent
"There's the classic confrontation between a board of directors and the head of an organization," Rowe says. Rowe will read the role of Philip Gottschall, an 81-year-old minister. "The church's board thinks Gottschall is on the verge of retirement, and he wants no part of it."
The play takes a closer look at stadium-sized churches and televised sermons. The pipe organs and hymnals are gone, replaced by rock bands and big-screen projections.
Rowe, a former Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor, will be joined by Jamie Newcomb and Bill Langan of OSF to read the three-person play.
Rambo is a Los Angeles-based playwright, writer and producer of CBS' "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."
The Ashland New Plays Festival presented Rambo's "Speaky, Spikey, Spokey" in 1995 and his "The Lady with All the Answers" was presented in 2008 at Oregon Cabaret Theatre.
"God's Man in Texas" was done in 1999 at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville in Kentucky. After that, it was picked up by many theaters.
"With just three actors, the play is accessible," Rowe says. "The topics that it deals with makes it seem much larger than a three person play."
More enduring themes in the play are family, ego, temptation, destiny, greed and humor.
Rambo will present a talk at a reception that will follow the reading. Rowe, Newcomb and Langan also will be on hand for questions.
Tickets cost $20 and are available at the Camelot Theatre box office or by calling 541-535-5250.