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Patriarchs and Penises, filmed live at Rapture Day, Wichita State University. Awaiting funds for production, duplication, distribution.
Patriarchs and Penises, filmed live at Rapture Day, Wichita State University. Awaiting funds for production, duplication, distribution.
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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.

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    For $1 you get a personal and hearty email THANKS from Brother Sam. Hell, I’ll do that even if we don’t meet our final goal.

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    For $5 you get 2 stickers, which, when displayed on your home or office door are pretty much guaranteed to ward off door-to-door proselytizers of all stripes. Plus, my Thanks.

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    For $10 you will receive a Certificate of Exbaptism, suitable for framing. Comes with Brother Sam’s gold embossed seal. Each is individually hand signed., and includes a packet of salt with instructions for performing your own Exbaptism ceremony. And my Thanks.

    INTERNATIONAL DONORS: Please calculate and add appropriate shipping charges to your pledge for all rewards to be mailed from the $10-$500 levels. Thanks for your consideration.

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    For $20 you get my Patriarchs and Penises book. This 94 page paperback contains every word as exactly as spoken on stage. Or choose the CD audiobook, read by Brother Sam. And my Thanks.

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    For $25, the full length live DVD of Patriarchs and Penises. And my Thanks.

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    For $50 I’ll send you the DVD, plus a paperback book, so you can read along with Brother Sam. And my Thanks.

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    For $100 you will get the Patriarchs and Penises DVD, the paperback or audio book, (your choice) a Friend of Brother Sam ticket, which entitles you and a companion to free admission to any Brother Sam show anywhere, anytime, forever. Plus, my Thanks.

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    $500 gets you one of everything listed already, plus a pair of Sam Singleton blue glasses. You think the world looks funny to you now...

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    For $1000 Brother Sam will make a personal appearance at your event. See the fine print* for how to arrange it with my tour manager. Plus, you can have one each of all the other items, and again, my Thanks.

    *fine print: Please contact cari@dogberrybottomandsly.com with your event request before making a contribution. Brother Sam will go most anywhere, anytime, for a thousand bucks, but he does have previous commitments to consider.

    And by the way, there is no upper limit to the amount you can contribute. Far be it from Brother Sam to inhibit your spirit of largess. So feel free to be generous−even reckless−in your participation.

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