Emmy-winning actor Sean Hayes has divine inspiration for his next role: playing the Almighty in the stage production “An Act of God” at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre starting January 2016.
The show, produced by Jeffrey Finn, premiered this summer at Broadway’s Studio 54 with Emmy-winning “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons in the title role.
The one-act comedy was written by 13-time Emmy-winner David Javerbaum, based on his book. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello will direct the production, which will have a six-week limited run from Jan. 30 through March 13, 2016.
In the play, the Almighty takes the form of a lowly sit-com actor to share his divine wisdom and answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. God’s angels have yet to be cast in the L.A. production.
Hayes, best known for playing Jack McFarland on eight seasons of “Will & Grace,” is no stranger to live theater. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for starring opposite Kristin Chenoweth in the musical revival “Promises Promises.”
Javerbaum served as head writer and executive producer for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” and also curates the Twitter account @TheTweetOfGod, which has more than 2 million followers.
“An Act of God” premiered on Broadway on May 7, 2015, and ran in an acclaimed, limited run through August 2, 2015. It was the first Broadway production of the 2015- 2016 season to recoup its initial investment.