As you may have seen in my backstage video yesterday, Nonie Newton-Breen, the actress who played Sister, said that “Fr. Mike is gonna get it” during her performance of “Late Nite Catechism” at the All Saints Adult Social. She sensed from the pre-show activities that the pastor might speak out during “class.” At one point she made him sit in a small chair on stage as if he were in the corner of her classroom. Later in the show, she displayed a different small chair made with broken rulers.
Sister kept an eye on Fr. Michael throughout the half-scripted, half-improvised show. At one point she caught him texting. I think even she was surprised. When she confiscated his Blackberry, I knew what I had to do. As Sister walked back to center stage, the phone in her hand vibrated. Sister chastised the priest further and then looked down to read aloud the single word I had sent: “BUSTED!”