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"Do you ever find yourself thinking, while half-watching some cookie-cutter sitcom or cable babble-fest, that there must be a better way to spend your evening?

"There is. It's called Studio Roanoke. It awaits you in unassuming but cozy premises in the heart of downtown Roanoke. It's theater that's not only live but lively; theater that not only entertains but can wipe winter's cobwebs right out of the ol' cranium."
-- Jeff DeBell in The Roanoke Times

          Read the rest of the review here

The New Testament
February 9-20, 2011

In cyberspace, a few grainy videos depict a charismatic healer, lay preacher, and budding Internet phenomenon. Is the man a charlatan, or...something else? A young researcher travels to the Virginia mountains to make a name for himself and to uncover the truth about the famous Bobby Pence.

Adult content, including strong language and brief nudity.

Written and Directed by Kenley Smith

Characters / Cast

Bobby Pence ... Austin Alderman
Nate Scribner ... Kevin McAlexander
Maggie Thaxton ... Caitlin Morgan
Delmar ... Barry Bedwell
Veronica ...
Shonté Wilson
Lester Atkinson ... Steve Glassbrenner
Mrs. Thaxton ... Stevie Holcomb
Detective ... Patrick Kennerly
Harleigh Pence ... Paul Stober
Stripper ... Crystal Thompson
Mr. Alderman's erotic body double ... Ben R. Williams


Producing Artistic Director: Kenley Smith
Resident Designer: Jason "Blue" Herbert
Scenic Construction: Jason "Blue" Herbert
Resident Stage Manager:  Rachel Linkous
Stage Manager:  Will Coleman
Technical Production Assistant:  Anna Nichols
Dramaturg: Maryke Barber

Our Corporate Sponsors:
101.5 FM The Music Place, Playwright's Lab at Hollins University, Roanoke Times/ Roanoke.com, Audiotronics, City Magazine, and New City Media

Special Thanks to:  Ginger Poole, Mill Mountain Theatre, Catherine Leonard, Rachel Linkous, Z Studio Framing and all of our wonderful volunteers!


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For the other shows in the "Famous Bobby Pence" trilogy, go to our Devil Sedan and Twelve Stations of the Cross pages.







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