No ‘God’ in Off Broadstreet’s latest |

No ‘God’ in Off Broadstreet’s latest

Eileen JoyceClockwise from top: Andrew Kerr, Darryl Stines, Chris Crockett, John Arbaugh, Liz Larsen and Richard Joplin star in Off Broadstreet Theatre's new production, "Derailed."
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By coincidence, a recent event has validated John Driscoll’s latest musical comedy, “Derailed.”

The comedy is about a group of homeless adults in West Los Angeles whose day center has closed because of a funding cutoff. The street people decide to save their center by secretly reopening it as the First Politically Correct Church of West L.A. This plan, though, soon backfires.

To be politically correct, the homeless adults devise ways to avoid the word “God,” so atheists are not offended. The story about redemption is for all ages, Driscoll noted.

“After I decided to pursue this play idea about a political correctness church that doesn’t use the word ‘God,'” Driscoll said, “the Pledge of Allegiance furor about taking the word ‘God’ out occurred. Talk about timely.”

When Driscoll first thought of the “Derailed” story line a couple of years ago, he never imagined there would be such a real-life battle this summer in federal court.

“Derailed” will begin a 14-week run Friday through Dec. 28 at Off Broadstreet Theatre’s temporary location in Grass Valley.

An all-veteran OBS cast is featured, including Chris Crockett, Darryl Stines, Richard Joplin, Andrew Kerr and Liz Larsen.

Light and sound operator John Arbaugh makes his OBS stage debut as an unruly teenage runaway.

The cast will sing classics by artists including Elton John, Neil Diamond, Bette Midler, Elvis Presley, Billy Joel, the Drifters and

Jefferson Starship.


WHAT: Off Broadstreet Theatre’s “Derailed”

WHEN: Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 28 at 8:15 p.m.

WHERE: Graham-Patten Systems building, 13366 Grass Valley Ave., near the Nevada County Airport

ADMISSION: $17 on Fridays and $18 on Saturdays

INFORMATION: 265-8686, or e-mail

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