Our Story So Far

Kevin O'Brien is the founder and artistic director of the Theater of the Word Incorporated, which travels the country, evangelizing through comedy and drama.
Although an atheist at an early age, Kevin’s experiences with the dramatic arts began a conversion process, that, with the help of the writings of G. K. Chesterton, eventually brought him into the Catholic Church. 
Kevin hosts the television series The Theater of the Word on EWTN and can also be seen on episodes of EWTN’s The Apostle of Common Sense and The Quest for Shakespeare.
Most recently Kevin has appeared in two movies, Manalive, based on the novel by G. K. Chesterton, and To Follow the Light: the Conversion of John Henry Newman.
In addition, Kevin performs dramatic readings of audio books for Ignatius Press and other publishing companies, and is the only person in history to play every part in a Shakespeare play, which he did for his audio reading of  The Merchant of Venice: Ignatius Critical Edition - and again for Macbeth: Ignatius Critical Edition.
He is also a writer and frequent contributor to The St. Austin Review and Gilbert Magazine .  He is also the founder and general editor of The Christian Shakespeare.

"My wife and I run two theatrical companies," Kevin notes, "Upstage Productions, in which we perform comedy murder mysteries around the country - that's how we make our money; and The Theater of the Word Incorporated, in which we travel the country evangelizing through drama - that's how we lose our money."

Adam and Eve Go to Marriage Counseling



After thousands of years of marriage, Adam and Eve decide they need a little help, and so they head to marriage counseling.  To their surprise, their counselor seems to know a lot more about love and sex and sacrifice than they ever imagined he could - perhaps because of who he really is.  The world's only comedy based on the Theology of the Body!

The Body of Christ

 
 
 
Salvation History in 60 minutes or less!  In this brilliant comedy, a troupe of threadbare vaudeville performers are challenged to tell the story of God's plan for our salvation, from Adam and Eve to the Apocalypse, with a little help from the kids in the audience.  The perfect combination of laughter and learning!

The Call


How can we hear the voice of God in a world that won't shut up?  Join our hero Sam in his wild adventure of discernment.  Will he discover his vocation and thereby the meaning of his life?  Or will the tempter Scratch convince him just to keep on keeping on - devoted to the world, the flesh and the devil?

A perfect play for vocations awareness!

Confessions




The conversion of St. Augustine, told by Augustine himself.  A timeless story of the grace of God, and the journey of a sinner from darkness to light.

Encounters with Christ



Gripping, touching, overpowering.  The simple stories of a handful of people who encountered Jesus on earth - Pontius Pilate, St. Thomas the Apostle, Mary Magdalene, Lazarus - told in their own words.

The perfect play for Lent!

Faith of our Father


Fr. Mike, parish priest at the suburban St. Somewhere, must deal with goofy liberals, crabby traditionalists, moronic confirmation candidates, over-volunteering church ladies, and everyone in between.  In the midst of all this, Fr. Mike's faith begins to falter ... until a supernatural visitor makes a difference.

The Great Adventure


Quests, Obstacles, Virtues, and Vices - What will keep our young heroes from living the Great Adventure of the Faith? And what will they need for help? This interactive epic, starring the kids of your parish or church, will answer the question!  The choices they make determine the very plot of the show - and the obstacles they encounter along the way, as our hero Any-kid must fight the dastardly villain Deadly Dark with the help of the Seven Sacraments and the encouragement from friends in the audience.

The Journey of St. Paul

Journey with Paul from his early hatred and persecution of the Church through his miraculous conversion and through his years of fighting for the Faith as he battles shipwrecks, imprisonments, stonings and more - all for the sake of the salvation of souls.

This thrilling show will make you feel as if you've met the man himself - the most zealous, outspoken, and courageous of the apostles.

It's an encounter you won't want to miss!

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The Last Apostle



Concerning John, Jesus said, "If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?"

This play imagines that John in fact will remain until Jesus returns, that he still walks the earth, a very old man, telling the incredible story of his encounter with Christ.

If you met the Last Apostle today, what would he tell you?  Would he speak of the Revelations of the End Times, would he speak of his call, his wandering?  Would he speak of the One who changed him forever?  And what would he say of the Church today - and of the lives you and I are leading?

Find out.  Meet the Last Apostle - meet the man who met Christ.

Little Saint of the Poor





Social justice growing from the love of Christ – a pro-life play that battles euthanasia, dignifies the homeless, champions the poor, all told through the life of this amazing woman, St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

Morning Star Christmas




A fun filled mixture of comedy, music and the message of Christ for Christmas

Including the one-act plays The Lamb of God, Suzie at the Mall and Who Killed Christmas?

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Murder Mystery Fund Raisers



Join us for some "killer entertainment"! Interactive comedy mysteries - perfect for fundraisers or just for fun. We've raised thousands of dollars for parishes, churches, and non-profits with these hilarious and unique comedies.

Old Thunder


Need a little jolt to wake up from the muddle of mushy belief? Invite Catholic historian and poet Hilarie Belloc. Belloc, who lived from 1870 - 1953 is presented by actor Kevin O'Brien who provides a stirring evening which includes Belloc's prophetic take on "The Great Heresies" and on the waste land of modern thought.

Was Belloc a prophet? Before the 1940's he predicted the Welfare State, the increasing cruelty of our culture, and even the resurgence of Islam.

Father Joseph Fessio called "An Evening with Hilaire Belloc" "fantastic and unforgettable." Dale Ahlquist, host of EWTN's series "The Apostle of Common Sense" says, "Everyone in America needs to see this show."

The Passion Narrative



Kevin O'Brien performs the Passion of Our Lord, from the King James Version of the Gospels.

Sarah's Secret

This profoundly moving pro-life play focuses on the effect abortion has on a mother-daughter relationship.  

Over the course of her childhood, young Maggie sees her mother, Sarah, struggling silently with grief over a secret she's never been able to share.  


When the truth comes out, it is very hard on them both - but God's grace sees them through.

The Savior of Science

Kevin O'Brien as Fr. Stanley Jaki delivers a lecture on Science and Religion, culled from Jaki's best work. 

Does science prove there is no God?  What is the proper relation between philosophy and science?  In what way is Christ "the savior of science"?  Fr. Jaki answers these questions and more in this compelling one-man show.

Socrates Meets Jesus

A Perfect Play for the New Atheists.

In this dramatic adaptation of the classic by Peter Kreeft, Socrates comes back to life and goes to college - in modern times!

What happens when a real philosopher meets the pretend philosophers who pose as students and teachers? What would happen if the greatest of ancient minds started learning about Jesus? What would happen if modern hip atheists are confronted by the fact that reason leads to faith?

This play will answer all these questions - and many more questions along the way. Bring your high school and college kids - the ones who think they have all the answers. They may be in for a surprising awakening when Socrates meets Jesus!

To Follow the Light




Blessed Dominic Barberi, Passionist priest and modern day Apostle to England, was the man who received John Henry Newman into the Catholic Church. In this one-man show, Kevin O'Brien portrays Blessed Dominic and talks about the beginnings of the New Evangelization.