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Catechism classes are never as much fun – or as hilarious – as when they are led by Sister in the international hit comedy Late Nite Catechism by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan. Late Nite Catechism will be coming to the Clark Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 19 at 8pm.

Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back – sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully – to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of "students" (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the "students" for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school, with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.

The Catholic Register (Toronto) said, "The show appeals to Catholics and non-Catholics alike since ‘Sister’ clearly explains religious references in lighthearted ways while maintaining a serious tone that isn’t too preachy and far from being saccharine." The New York Times declared "Late Nite Catechism speaks to an audience much broader than the membership of any one church."

Late Nite Catechism, which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in New York and recently won the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Performance for Maripat Donovan, is currently playing in New York, Seattle, San Francisco, St. Louis, Vancouver, Scottsdale, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago, where it has been playing to full "classes" since it opened in 1993. Productions in Boston, Sydney and Melbourne recently ended after playing two years in each city

Tickets for Late Nite Catechism are $39-$48 and are on sale now. Call (805) 489-9444 for tickets or come to the Clark Center Box Office at 487 Fair Oaks Avenue, Arroyo Grande. Clark Center Association members may receive a discount for shows presented by the Association.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit the Clark Center website at www.clarkcenter.org.

For more information on Late Nite Catechism, visit http://www.latenitecatechism.info/.

For photos or interviews, contact Jamie Maraviglia at 489-4196 or email jamie@clarkcenter.org.

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