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Catholic Guilt- A Dark Comedy
Calvary Center for Culture and Community
Philadelphia, PA
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Catholic Guilt- A Dark Comedy
Mass includes a healthy dose of sex talk, mortal sin, cosmic bowling, and more! It blends stand-up, voice overs, projections, music, and your sinful audience participation. Catholic Guilt takes a look at the power of religion and what it can do to ones psyche.

Catholic Guilt was first written and performed in the 2016 SolowFest in Philadelphia. It was remounted in the winter of 2016 as part of White Pines Productions' Bright Nights series. The third showing of Catholic Guilt will go up this coming December in Philadelphia, PA in the Calvary Center chapel space at Curio Theater Company.

What is the show about? Catholic guilt was first written to take a look at religion and it's affect on the psyche. Religion can bring people together, and bring peace and meaning to life. It is often a huge part of one's identity. But what about the dark side of it? It can be polarizing, creating a sense of "us vs. them". Religion often drives people to act out of fear. People infused with religious dogma can become neurotic because of the fear of not being able to fulfill their religion's expectations. Kelly explores these ideas through the telling of her own personal experience.  

About the creator (Kelly not God): Kelly McCaughan is an actress, deviser, improviser, and writer in Philadelphia. She graduated from with BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and has been working in Philadelphia for 7 years.  She has worked with local theater companies such as EgoPo Classic Theater, Revolution Shakespeare, Luna Theater Company, Manayunk Theater company, White Pines Productions, Philly PHIT, Walking Fish Theater, The Cabaret Administration, and Plays and Players. She was a previous ensemble member of Bright Invention with White Pines Productions as well as an ensemble member of Bye Bye Liver: The Philadelphia Drinking Play. She served as a writer and actor for her award winning sketch comedy group, High Dramma, and still collaborates with them from time to time. Outside of Philadelphia, Kelly has worked in NYC (People's Improv Theater), Pittsburgh (Arcade Comedy Club), Montreal (Theatre Sainte Catherine), Baltimore (Lou Costello Room). This past summer she co-starred in the HBO comedy, Crashing, and most recently finished filming a supporting role in a Feature film.


Carly Bodnar (Director) is a director, teaching artist, producer, and sometimes actor. She id the Co-Artistic Director and Founding Member of ReVamp Collective, a Philadelphia based feminist-centric theatre company. For the past three years Carly  has directed for ReVamp and most recently directed the world premiere of Jimmy Gorski is Dead. Carlys other directing credits include; Blithe Spirit at Hedgerow Theatre (Barrymore Recommended), Company at La Salle University, Sarah Treems A Feminine Ending, chorus director for Shakespeare in Clark Parks Coriolanus, She received her BA in Theatre from Temple University with a minor in Art History. Next up Carly is directing Shelli Pentimall Booklers All the Dead Biddles. For more information visit

James Jackson (Technical Director - Lighting, Projection & Sound) has known Catholic Guilt, even though hes not Catholic. James most recent work includes lighting the Harrison Stengle Fringe Festival production of GATZ!; directing and producing the world premier of Lynn Nottages exploration of the history of slavery in America One More River To Cross; Tech Directing the Barrymore award winning productions of The Seagull by EgoPo Classic Theatre and the Barrymore award winning 11th Hour production of LIZZIE!.  James is also engaged in creating brand imagery as a freelance photographer (; directing and producing independent films throughout the North East under his production brand, Light Thief Productions; and designing, directing, and producing many other Philadelphia area theatrical productions. James would like to thank his crew for their hard work; his wife Cassandra Zook, for her patience and support; and his dad, John L. Morascini, for inspiring his work in theatre: In memory of him July 11th, 1951 - February 19, 2013 <3

Photos by Hannah Van Sciver


Calvary Center for Culture and Community (View)
801 S 48th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19143
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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On BPT Since: Jun 16, 2015
Kelly McCaughan

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