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New Country...New Zealand

The Trailer Park will take quite a trip with the upcoming production of Messiah On The Frigidaire at the Titirangi Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. The production will be directed by Duncan Milne, and may feature a surprise visit by Playwright John Culbertson. That pumps up the international credits by adding New Zealand to Canada, England, Iraq and the United States as the list of counties where MOTF has hit the stage. Stay tuned for more...

Coast to Coast

With the production of MOTF in Indianola, Iowa, by the Carousel Community Theater, You can now drive across America from sea to shining sea without ever having to go through a state where Messiah on the Frigidaire has not been produced. And let’s face it. Why would you ever want to enter a state where MOTF has not been produced.


Thanks to a production by the Lumiere Players in Tualatin, Oregon, Messiah on the Frigidaire has now officially been performed in all the O-states. Oregon joins Ohio and Oklahoma and the 14 theatres that have produced the play in those states.

More State Premieres For “Messiah”

Several Theatres are lining up for their shot at the State Premiere for their area, including Idaho, Kansas and Wyoming.
In Idaho the honors go to The Actors Repertory Theatre of Idaho, In Kansas it is the Great Bend Community Theatre with the State Premiere, and In Wyoming the Cheyenne Little Theatre Players have a “first in the state” production scheduled for January of 2012.


Messiah on the Frigidaire headed across the Pond for a production by the Company of Players in Hertford, England. The show was directed by Andy Lee.


Chicago, Chicago
That toddlin' town

Hubris Productions, a professional resident company at the Greenhouse Theatre Center opened their 2010 season with the Chicago Premiere of Messiah on the Frigidaire.   The show was directed by Dennis Frymire. See the reviews page for a great analysis of this fine production.


Higher Learning on the Frigidaire

Yet another Institute of Higher Learning has joined the ranks of MOTF Alumni. The theatre department of the Jackson Community College in Michigan pulled off a successful production of the show. Some good insights from the actors in
this article from the Jackson Citizen Patriot.


Ohio increases it’s Lead
With the latest production by the Drama Workshop in Cincinnati, Ohio extends its lead as the state that has produced Messiah on the Frigidaire more than any other.
Here’s a nice
article about it from


Publishing contract signed with Samuel French Inc.
Messiah on the Frigidaire will now be published by Samuel French. They will also handle the wordwide rights for production of the play. Samuel French is the oldest and largest publisher of plays in the world with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, and Toronto. "These are exciting times," says Culbertson. "There's a certain validation you get when a company with the reputation of Samuel French wants to publish your play. I look forward to a long relationship."


New York-New York
“Messiah” had its New York Unveiling at the Times Square Arts Center with a staged reading by the Reality Aside Theatre.


"Messiah" Goes International
John Culbertson's southern comedy "Messiah on the Frigidaire" will take the stage in
a very different kind of south, Umm Qasr in southern Iraq. The long strange trip for Culbertson's play began in Toledo, Ohio where the Waterville Playshop was lining up a director for their spring production of the play. John Oster was chosen to direct the play, but Uncle Sam had other ideas. You see Oster is also known as Sergeant John Oster in his reserve unit.
When the unit was shipped off to Iraq, Oster decided to produce the play there, using soldiers as actors and crew. After getting permission from the playwright, Oster began assembling his cast. “As far as I know this is the first community theater production being done here,” Oster said. “Most of the entertainment programs offered are usually sports-oriented. This is different. It will be a breath of fresh air and maybe attract some soldiers to community theater who hadn’t been exposed to it before.” Oster and his unit are stationed at Camp Bucca, a detention facility with more than 20,000 detainees. The play is scheduled to run for four performances at the end of April. MORE INFORMATION in an exerpt from the MIrror News.



The Canadian Premiere of M.O.T.F. featured a fine group of actors from the Workshop Theatre in Calgary, AB.
The Show was Directed by Stuart Bentley and performed at the Pumphouse Theatre in downtown Calgary. Be sure to check out photographs from the show in the Photo Gallery.