Sam Singleton Atheist Evangelist, Patriarchs and Penises, is hard to neatly categorize because it’s unlike anything that has come before. Though rich in elements of theater, preaching, comedy high and low, conceptual art, satire, tragedy, social commentary, philosophy, and absurdity, it is none of those things as generally experienced. It is often mistaken for an exercise in activism. But Brother Sam prefers to think of it as an exercise in show business.
In the first of two acts Brother Sam recounts his youth among “tongues-speaking, snake-handling holy rollers” and subsequent reversion to the natural atheist state into which we all are born, before wrapping up with a scorchingly satiric deconstruction of the role of God in civic life.
In Act II Brother Sam teaches a “Bible Class” detailing the symbolic use of penises throughout the Scriptures.
By the time it reaches its conclusion Patriarchs and Penises has been, as blogger Greta Christina puts it, "a unique combination of hilarious, chilling, and freakishly inspiring─ absolutely not to be missed."
The performance destined for the DVD took place before a large and enthusiastic crowd at Wichita State University, May 2011. Damion Torres Reinhardt, a member of the audience, wrote:
"Who is this Brother Sam?," you ask. He has the stage presence of William Jennings Bryan, the intellectual honesty of Robert Green Ingersoll, the wit of George Carlin, the gripes of a pensioner, the salt of a sailor, and the energy of a teenager. (The show) is essentially comedy, satire and performance art all rolled together."
While this performance is on tape, this does not mean it is ready for widespread distribution. The money raised on Kick Starter will be used for professional editing and mastering, duplication and packaging.