Late Nite Catechism

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Late Nite Catechism
Written byVicki Quade and Maripat Donovan
Date premieredMay 1993 (1993-05)
Place premieredLive Bait Theater
Chicago, Illinois
Original languageEnglish
Official site

Late Nite Catechism (1993) is a solo comedy play about a fictional Catholic nun, written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan.[1] The show itself is a form of participatory theatre where the actress playing the nun is the only person on stage, and members of the audience become members of the nun's school class.[2]

Funds from the play help to support retired nuns in need. The authors discovered that when Social Security was implemented in the United States, the Catholic Church opted out for nuns. This has since changed and social security is in place. However, the raising of funds for the local monastery is always offered to each presenting organization. If the offering is taken at the end of the performance, the actresses encourage everyone in the audience to give generously. As of December 2012, the Late Nite Catechism franchise had collected over two million dollars for retired Sisters.[3]

Donovan originated the role of Sister. For her work in Late Nite Catechism, she was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award in New York for outstanding solo performance. She was also nominated for two Los Angeles Drama Critic Circle Awards for writing and performance, and won the LADCC for Best Solo Performance in 1999.[4]

Quade wrote the original 60-page draft in three weeks, and over time the authors revised the material. Quade produced the show in Chicago, and in 2000, was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Circle Critics Award.

Late Nite Catechism is currently produced by the New York-based company Entertainment Events, Inc. They took over the aspect of production in 1999.[5]

In 2011 Entertainment Events, Inc. prevailed in arbitration proceedings with Quade. The company claimed breach of contract and copyright infringement, over a 1995 licensing agreement. Under the ruling, Vicki Quade is not permitted to produce Late Nite Catechism or her sequels outside of her Chicago territory - a 50-mile radius. This prohibition applies even if the character in the sequels is called "Mother Superior." In addition the arbitrator has awarded Entertainment Events, Inc. with damages sought.[6]

Also in 2011, Vicki Quade prevailed in a lawsuit against Maripat Donovan in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois over issues involving copyright and royalty compensation. In a 59-page opinion, Judge Nan Nolan ruled that Donovan usurped the corporate opportunity of Quade/Donovan Entertainment by producing Late Nite Catechism in California and Chicago through Donovan Entertainment, Inc. A monetary award was granted. Donovan further owes Quade a royalty payment based on revenues earned by Donovan’s Late Nite Catechism sequels. [7]


  1. ^ "Behind the Scenes of Late Nite Catechism". Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  2. ^ The Oxford Companion to American Theatre
  3. ^ Oppenheimer, Mark (7 December 2012). "Chicago Play 'Late Nite Catechism' Pokes Fun at Nuns, With Big Returns". The New York Times.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-01-24. Retrieved 2008-02-17.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2010-08-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Entertainment Events, Inc.
  6. ^ Gordon Cox (Mar 15, 2011). "EEI wins arbitration on 'Catechism'". Variety.
  7. ^ on?c on=11435202169009677078&hl=en&as_ldt=2&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr.

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