• The Play

    Sympathy for the Devil? Satan takes us down the Memory Lane of his history for surprising revelations: his life as Lucifer, 'the Light Bringer'; his bitter Fall from Heaven; and the masks humanity has forced upon him. But, Satan is periodically called away 'on business', leaving the clueless Actor portraying him to ad lib, with startling comedic and dramatic results.

    The Devil has been a dynamic character throughout written history. McCarthy gives us an idea of what he might look like today by imagining a TED talk by Satan. How would The Spirit of Evil accomplish this? By inhabiting someone's body. Who might he choose? An unsuspecting Actor, of course: an actor will agree to anything to be on the stage! Bart McCarthy used this notion to explore such diverse issues as the sources of evil, the plasticity of being oneself, and folly as a saving grace.

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    A Brief History of the Devil

    1500 BCE - 400 BCE Old Testament written

    Old Testament: Satan was not seen as the primary force of evil. The Satan was an Angel given many names but generally known as "The Accuser" doing service on God's behalf. There was no "hell," the term simply meant "the grave."


    1000 BCE Zoroaster teaches of two Gods

    Zoroaster was a Persian Magus who coalesced the pantheon of local deities into two Gods: one of all Good and one of all Evil. By 200 BCE the idea has spread to the nearby Hebrews which became a foundation for pre-Christianity. Coincidentally(?), it was easy to see in the personification of Satan, the characteristics of the current dictator.


    50 AD - 150 AD New Testament and Establishment of the Church

    The existance of Satan was a call to arms by the emerging, and later established Church to rally passion for the cause of wiping out the enemy who often personified evil. For example, in Aramaic numerology, the name "Nero Caesar" works out to "666." Hell now became a place for punishment in the afterlife.


    609 AD - 632 AD: The Qurʾan includes Satan (Iblis)

    According to Islam's most holy work, Iblis and his followers were cast out of heaven because they refused to bow down before Adam, Allah's greatest creation. Iblis reasoned that Adam was unworthy, made from clay, whereas angels were made from etherial fire...


    The Middle Ages in Europe - The Devil is Domesticated

    The fear of damnation keeps Prince and peasant in line. The Devil become "personal," and is blamed for crop failures, erotic or sinful thoughts and dreams, physical deformations, etc.


    The Inquisition and Witch Hunts

    The church is threatened by the emergence of thinking that later led to the Renaissance, as well as threats from Islamic countries (who saw Christians as Satanic). Seeking "purification" led to waves of horrendous torture and executions.


    The Renaissance and Rationalism

    The direct power of the church and mosque were diminished by "enlightened" intellectuals and artists. Many works supported their religions (Dante, Michaelangelo) but the celebration of Humanism became stronger by the end of this period.


    The Romantic Age and its effects

    The Devil became a popular literary character, often depicted as a dark, brooding rebel. Later folk tales and short stories portrayed Satan as a seedy soul hunter outwitted by a homespun hero. By the turn of the 20th century, the Devil was a comic character or advertizing icon tempting us to "sinfully good" perfumes or chocolates.


    The "Modern" Era and the resurgence of Evil as a political force

    The Devil has made a "comeback" since the mid-twentieth century. The rise of extreme fundamentalists in the East and West, and political leaders' willingness to use religious justification for governmental policy and power has led to new calls for Holy War. Today, everyone is part of the Chosen People and everybody is the Great Satan.

  • Future and Past Shows

    United Solo Festival!

    Opens October 6th for a limited run at Theatre Row, 410 W 42nd St, New York City. The United Solo Festival is the largest venue for solo performances in the world!

    Edinburgh Fringe Festival at the Gilded Balloon!

    Bart's third production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (spanning 35 years!) SATAN SPEAKS was a critical success at one of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival's most renown and popular venues.

    Evolution of the Show

    October 2018

    Satan rides again!

    SATAN SPEAKS will be performing at Theatre Row in NYC in the fall of 2018. Available for booking this afterwards!


    September 2018

    Documentary on the history of the Devil

    Based on the extensive research done to develop SATAN SPEAKS, the documentary, OLD NICK'S HISTORY OF THE DEVIL is released!


    June 1, 2015

    Tess is Production Manager and Assistant Director!

    I can't tell you how happy I am to bring onto the show Tess McCarthy as Production Manager and Assistant Director. This full-time position may add to the budget, but it will be worth it big-time! She brings so much skill and talent to the project, I feel truely blessed (odd for Satan, eh?) to be working with her on a professional production. Welcome Tess!


    May 2015

    The Indiegogo crowd-funding success!

    It's a struggle to conceive of a show that I think might be unique. It's a struggle to sketch it out. It's absolute hell (appropriate, I guess) to get the damn words onto paper. Even though I wrote the dialogue, it was still an ordeal to learn all of those blasted lines... But these things are nothing compared to the anxiety of asking for money to support a project! Arrrggh!


    Late March 2015

    Accepted into the schedule for the Gilded Balloon!

    Uh oh, this is looking real. A system I developed back when my company, Boston Arts Group, did seasons of touring productions: Conceive of the idea, have a pretty good idea of what it could be, then once it actually sells, write the play! I begin fleshing out the concept with words.


    February 2015

    A proposal to the Gilded Balloon to appear in this summer's Edinburgh Festival.

    The notion of an informative lecture by the Prince of Darkness turns into a TED Talk! Well, TED-like Talk... And another character appears in the play: the Actor who has been taken over by the spirit of the Devil for the lecture.


    January 2015

    The ideas for the play bubble up from the cauldron of my mind!

    Some of the greatest literary works have personified the Devil, but his characteristics have changed to suit the modes of the times. Practically non-existant in the Old Testament, formidably powerful in the New Testament, by the late 19th and early 20th century he was reduced to an advertising icon with red tights, horns and a pointy tail. The late 20th century, though saw a revival, as both the West and the Mid-East accused each other of being "the Great Satan."

  • Welcome Friends and Donors!

    Your support helped bring Satan Speaks to life! Originally designed as a donor perk section, the "extras" are now open to all!

    Our Indigogo campaign was a big success. Funding helped reduce some of the expenses for our premiere in Edinburgh. Of course we are still looking for support. The expenses of travel and production operate at a signigicant loss (hey, welcome to Art), so any donations or other support help reduce the fiscal pain. As a thank you, we want to give you exclusive insights into the production and lots of fun goodies about the devil that helped inspire the development of the show. Thank you so much for your valuable support, and spread the word so we find more "Angels" like you!

    Extras

    Entertaining Links

    Children's Holiday Letters to Satan

    A very funny correspondence between the Devil and the children who write holiday letters addressed 'Dear Satan...' New Yorker Magazine.

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    The Best 18 Songs About the Devil

    Well known and not so well known songs about the devil.

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    The History of the Devil

    A one-hour Welsh/Australian documentary. Fascinating. Video quality is a little rough, but worth it.

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    Funny Theists Quotes

    Christians say the Darndest Things!

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    You Play the Music Back, You Hear Satan Speaking!

    The Evils of Rock and Roll and Satan's conspiracy to corrupt our nation's youth.

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    Satan's depictions in Art History.

    Images and Iconography of Satan from the 15th through 20th centuries.

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  • Actor/Writer/Director

    Bart McCarthy

    Bart is an award winning Hollywood actor with scores of Guest Star credits including NCIS, Sons of Anarchy, Shameless, New Girl, Heroes, Star Trek, Oz the Great and Powerful, SpongeBob Squarepants, Seinfeld, as well as 200 theatre roles from Abraham Lincoln to the Marquis de Sade.

    Production Manager/Assistant Director

    Tess McCarthy

    14 years SAG member with credits ranging from K-PAX to McDonalds commercials, Tess is a graduate of Stanford University where she was a member of the Robber Barons sketch comedy and the Simps improv group. Tess is currently performing with Comedy Sportz LA as well as Pitch Please, an A capella musical improv troup. She is video editor for a reknown social network company.

    Bart's Parts

    My First Role Was a Saint

    Third grade: Saint Patrick in a Saint Patrick's Day play. The only line I remember: "Top o' the mornin' to ya!" I was hooked. By 6th grade I was at ease writing and performing my own plays with my pal Tim: a drunken Robin Hood, an inept magician. Everybody laughed!


    High School Thespian

    Awards for Cyrano, Godot, Steve Allen Assembly. All with a Texan accent.


    The College Years

    BS Theater, U of Texas; MFA Brandeis Univ. Had many lead roles, so I thought I was hot shit, and that maybe I could make a career out of theatre/film. What was I thinking?!


    Boston Arts Group and Synapse Dance Theatre

    Starving Artist years. Artistic Director of avant-garde theatre company and later Post-post-modern dance company. We produced scores of productions (20 written and directed my me) on less than a shoe-string. Had some reputation for innovative work back-in-the-day. Toured schools and eventually developed national college touring productions.


    Go West Old Man!

    Took the great leap in 1994 and moved to Hollywood, Susan and baby Tess in tow. What I'd call a 'medium career' with TV, Commercials and Movies (with a smattering of theatre thrown in). No star on the Walk of Fame, but enough success to keep calling myself an actor.


    Did Someone Mention the Edinburgh Fringe Festival?

    First brought a show during my Boston Years. Lincoln Play. Very succesful run at the Netherbow Theatre (early 80's). Later, from LA, our McCarthy family tour of The Little Prince at Paradise Green with Tess playing the lead role, Susan as the Rose, and me playing everything else. Great fun! Now, ten years later, Satan Speaks at the Gilded Balloon!

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    The SATAN SPEAKS Promotional Video!
    Scenes in development. This was mostly for the pitch video, but helped us to see some of the characterization ideas.
    Comedy and Drama clips from Bart McCarthy's screen performances.
    Scenes from Theatre performances written and/or adapted by Bart McCarthy.
  • Contact us about the show!

    Avaiable for booking Summer of 2018

    E-mail: SatanSpeaks@aroar.com

    Tickets for United Solo Festival: Telecharge.com

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