Full Length Play, Comedy
Welcome back to First Baptist of Ivy Gap. After a fire that resulted in the death of the church’s beloved pastor, the sanctuary has been renovated and a new pastor has been called. There to welcome him are Olene, a reformed Vegas stripper who fancies a star-studded career in religious music; Mae Ellen, the church’s rebellious organist who may find that love comes along when least expected; Vera, the sharp-tongued wife of the chairman of the church’s board of deacons, who covets the role of the sexpot in Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers; Loretta, said to be the author of trashy Southern novels, who’s determined to impose her questionable values on the church; and Edith, the former pastor’s beloved and resourceful widow, who faces a future without the things she cherishes most … her husband, her church and her friends. Add Joseph J. Jennings – the church’s newly called pastor who’s competing with the ghost of the deceased pastor – and we have the third installment of the “First Baptist” trilogy … a poignant look at colorful characters who – while being given second chances – share laughs, love and forgiveness.
"Mostly funny but oftentimes downright touching,... Although the play is 'Welcome Back to Ivy Gap,' please know that having been there previously is no requirement for enjoying this hilarious but warm play." - Bristol Herald Courier
"Welcome Back to Ivy Gap is a charming and whimsical little comedy that follows up playwright Ron Osborne’s First Baptist of Ivy Gap and Showtime at Ivy Gap. This latest installment is at least as much fun as its predecessors and every bit as funny...Welcome Back to Ivy Gap is full of laughs and good country charm, and provides a quaint and cozy evening of entertainment for the whole family." - SWVA Today