Church Basement Ladies
Inspired by the books of Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson, including best seller “Growing Up Lutheran.”
Written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlke
Music and Lyrics by Drew Jansen
Church Basement Ladies was originally commissioned and produced by Troupe America, Inc. a the Plymouth Playhouse, Minneapolis, Minnesota under the direction of Curt Wollan, September 8, 2005.
Church Basement Ladies, a celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, features four distinct characters and their relationships as they organize the food and the problems of a rural Minnesota church. From the elderly matriarch of the kitchen to the young bride-to-be, the book and music give us a touching, funny look at their lives as we see them handle a record breaking Christmas dinner, the funeral of a dear friend, a Hawaiian Easter Fundraiser, and a steaming hot July wedding. They stave off disasters, share and debate recipes, and keep the Pastor on due course while thoroughly enjoying (and tolerating) each other. Funny and down to earth, audiences will recognize these ladies as they begin to see the Church year unfold from below the House of God.
is produced by special arrangement with Troupe America Inc.