A God in Need of Help
It’s 1606 and Europe is at war over God. At the behest of the Holy Roman Emperor, Rudolf II, Venice’s four strongest men are charged with transporting a holy painting — Albrecht Dürer's The Brotherhood of the Rosary — across the Alps to Prague. In the small Alpine village of Pusterwald, they are set upon by Protestant zealots; their escape is attributed to a miracle.
The strongmen and their captain are summoned to an inquiry, led by the magistrate of Venice and the cardinal archbishop of Milan, to determine whether something divine did indeed occur. Each man's recounting adds a layer of colour to the canvas.
Through this vividly painted mystery, inspired by true events, Sean Dixon challenges the role of faith at the dawn of the Age of Reason.
'Dixon’s plays tend to take audiences into new and unexpected territory and his latest is no exception. A God in Need of Help. .. [is] a resounding statement about the transformative power of art and its vital importance in the world . .. with a fast-moving plot and an astute playwright with a voice of his own, it’s compelling theatre. '
-The Toronto Star, reviewing the Tarragon Theatre production
- The Toronto Star
'Spun by playwright Sean Dixon, this is stage storytelling with a solid thrust to it, told with a sizable cast and complemented by equally sizable ideas – about the power of art and religion, and especially the combined power of the two. In the critical game called “what’s the best new Canadian play in Toronto this season," I think it’s taken the lead as we enter the final period. '- The Globe and Mail
-The Globe and Mail, reviewing the Tarragon Theatre production