Born Again Yesterday

“Hello, my name is John, and I’m a fundamentalist.
It has been one week since I last
judged someone fit for eternal damnation.”

So begins Born Again Yesterday, a crisis of faith comedy.
It’s funny, then it’s not, then it is.

John was raised to be a Christian, but he has lots of doubts and questions. He confronts everyone from fellow churchgoers to fundamentalist talk radio DJs to God himself and, in the end, discovers that he’s a good person no matter what he believes.

From the Urban Tulsa Weekly:

“McKean’s play isn’t anti-God or anti-spirituality or even anti-religion. It’s anti-ignorance and anti-lies churches-tell-people-to-keep-them-fearful-and-control-them. It’s about the differences between God and religion, between spirituality and the church.”

“I found Born Again Yesterday to be both entertaining and insightful. There’s no doubt that McKean is a skilled actor, who easily and seamlessly slips from one character into another. And his writing is quite good, too, giving the audience plenty to both laugh at and think about.”

From the Tulsa World:

“Through with booths, altars and pulpits, McKean confesses his anger and angst on a stage through ‘John’ and several other personas to relate his life borne out of a fundamental interpretation of the Bible as a guide to living. But if anything becomes clear during the two hours spent watching him rip pages from the Bible or pace the Nightingale stage, it is that McKean appears to be still curious of this outcome himself, and that makes it interesting for us.”

“How much of ‘John’ is actually the author? You can never be certain unless you ask, but if the failed relationships, distance from family, guilt and a sharp sense of betrayal are anywhere close, McKean is boldly laying out a lot of himself for the perusal of strangers. The power of his conviction to share this experience makes it notable.”

3 Replies to “Born Again Yesterday”

  1. About eight or nine years ago I worked with Justin in my Washington DC improvisational workshops. He was exploring the subject matter of BORN YESTERDAY as a work in progress and already had the title.

    I, being an ex-born again fundamentalist until I became a man and put away childish things, was thrilled to see someone from the same background challenge “our” religion and do it in a way that entertained and enlightened.

    I put Justin through my “48th Street Exercise” several times and he explored his story improvisationally.

    Justin just now contacted me after all these years and sent me to this website. I am so happy that he has become such a terrific writer and actor.

    I will let the world know about BORN AGAIN YESTERDAY.

    Congratulations Justin.

    Gary Austin

  2. I made a typo in my response just sent. I referred to Justin’s show as BORN YESTERDAY.

    Of course the genius title has always been BORN AGAIN YESTERDAY.

    Gary Austin

  3. Thanks, Gary.

    Everyone else: know that Gary is a fantastic acting teacher. If you have the opportunity to attend one of his workshops, do it. You have no idea how much you’ll grow.

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