Tom Hinshaw (left) as Haynes and Tony Miratti as Mr. Welch in <em>The God of Hell.</em>
David Bazemore

Genesis West opens Sam Shepard’s apocalyptic post-9/11 farce this weekend, and you can expect fireworks-or at the very least, long, arcing electric sparks emanating from Haynes, a representative of a secret U.S. agency who is on the lam after being exposed to radiation.

Director Maurice Lord struck hard with Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? and he is back with another serious comedy that is bound to stir things up. The lives of Frank and Emma, an ordinary couple who run a dairy ranch in Wisconsin, are thoroughly upended when Haynes, a mysterious old friend of Frank’s, shows up on their doorstep, pursued by the insidiously ingratiating but finally demonically abusive government official named Mr. Welch, who turns out to be the god of hell. With such talented Genesis West regulars as Tom Hinshaw, Leslie Gangl Howe, Fred Lehto, and Tony Miratti involved, this is sure to be one of the highlights of the theater season.

The God of Hell runs November 3-17 at Center Stage Theater. For tickets and information, call 963-0408 or visit


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