Life On My Knees
A new comedy by William Missouri Downs
(Out of 500 scripts)
At the Julie Harris Playwright Award
Beverly Hills Theatre Guild!
Dr. Helen Hand is drowning in student debt, the repo man is stalking her Saab, and she has zero prospects. What the hell was she thinking getting a PhD in English Lit? So when Grace Bible College calls offering her a teaching job she drunkenly agrees to leave Berkeley California and move to rural Kansas. The problem - she’s an agnostic and gluten intolerant. She enters a world of rigid moral rules: no smoking, no alcohol, no interracial dating, and no sex.
She sets out to take this fundamentalist college into the twenty-first century. A few short months later when Donald Trump comes to campus to speak during the college’s Spiritual Emphasis Jamboree, Dr. Hand has already managed to screw everything up - the quarterback is wearing a dress, the campus chapter of Masturbators Anonymous is losing membership and “doubt” has entered the lexicon. With her days numbered there is only one thing she can do - fall in love with Dick Cheney. This small cast comedy looks at our need for faith and doubt and comes up with a surprising conclusion about both.