Everything, And God by John Crutchfield


A full-length play of related vignettes, Everything, and God is based upon (or at least, inspired by) a collection of children’s stories by Rainer Maria Rilke, called Geschichten der lieben Gott (“Stories of God”). The play re-imagines some elements of these quirkily theological stories in “Watachatooga County,” a fictional place in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I began work on the play in the summer of 2005, while teaching a series of intensive workshops at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Karlsruhe, Germany. The play is written with a specific sort of venue in mind (a black box theatre, and hence a minimalist production aesthetic), and is intended for a small, versatile ensemble of six to ten actors of mixed ages, races, and genders. The play premiered under its original title, And Other Stories, in November, 2006 as a production of the Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance. Joel Williams directed, with Luke Aeshleman as Assistant Director and Paulette Marty as dramaturge. The ensemble included James Houston, Jordon Lance, Joe Carroll, Kerry Dunlap, Amie Russo, Corley May, Anna Gettles, Kelsey Head, and Rachel McCrain.