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Spontaneous, clever and outrageously fun, expect a night of pure laughter when “Late Nite Catechism” makes its way to the Lied Center for Performing Arts. Ruling her classroom with razor-sharp wit, Sister teaches her students (the audience) everything she knows about sins and saints while doling out rewards and reprimands with lightning speed.

Seven performances of “Late Nite Catechism” are scheduled in the Lied Center’s Johnny Carson Theater, Feb. 8-12. Full performance details and tickets are available at LiedCenter.org, by phone at 402-472-4747 or at the Lied Center box office, 301 N. 12th St. Students can purchase tickets at a 50 percent discount with a valid NCard.

“Late Nite Catechism,” written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, made its debut May 28, 1993 at the Live Bait Theatre in Chicago. Since then, it has been presented in over 410 cities around the world with over 3.5 million people in attendance. The New York Times declared “Late Nite Catechism speaks to an audience much broader than the membership of any one church.”

“Late Nite Catechism” is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back – sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully – to the children they once were. Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school, with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.

“Late Nite Catechism” was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in New York and won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Performance for Maripat Donovan. It is the longest running one woman show in Off-Broadway history and cities including Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Scottsdale, New Orleans, and Los Angeles.

This performance is generously supported by Patron Friend Sponsors Ed & Sue Tricker, Bev & Doug Westerberg and the Burket Graf Endowment.