The God of Hell

When Haynes (Badi Mirheli) visits the Wisconsin farm of Emma (Karen Covington-Yow) and her husband Frank, he puts his old friends in a very dangerous predicament.

Ellipsis Theatre Company Presents The God of Hell

“What have you done to deserve such rampant freedom?” Penned as a response to the 9/11 tragedy, Sam Shepard’s The God of Hell is the latest endeavor of Ellipsis Theatre Company.

Playing for three weekends through Nov. 17, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. at Asheville Community Theatre’s 35below, 35 E Walnut St., Asheville.

This provocative and deceptively chilling play directed by Asheville native David Sebren focuses on a quiet, respectable couple, Emma and Frank (Karen Covington-Yow and Daniel Sandoval) who simply raise cows on their Wisconsin farm, where nothing ever happens. Their quiet life slowly crumbles around them when they invite an old friend, Haynes (Badi Mirheli), to stay with them. Emma quickly discovers her husband has omitted a few key details about their house guest — this old friend is on the lam from a secret government project involving plutonium. The plot takes a hellacious turn when a smooth-talking government bureaucrat (Daniel Henry) arrives to seemingly peddle cookies and Americana-style goods. His almost radioactive conformity puts the couple on the defensive, quickly altering a simple Heartland household into a patriotic torture chamber.

Tickets are $20 and are available online at, over the phone at 828-254-1320, or in person at the Asheville Community Theatre Box Office.

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