West By God

September 27 - October 20, 2019
Brandon McCoy
Jeremy Skidmore


WEST BY GOD is a story about home. In a small town in the Appalachia region of West Virginia, two different families grapple with issues of grief and love, memory and identity, and with the distance and time that both unite and divide generations. A new play by West Virginia native Brandon McCoy, WEST BY GOD is a funny, heartwarming, and gut-wrenchingly honest examination of the divide between urban and rural America, and the kinds of prejudice and intolerance too often left unchallenged in our society.

Sponsored by
Al Munzer & Joel Wind, Roberta & Gregory Milman, Judy Duberrier, Don & Deborah Letourneau, Marshall University, Bonnie Hammerschlag, Tricia Ferrone, Rick Kellogg, Stacey Colino & John Whitty, Jen Burton & Jon Fellner, Deborah Fischer & Michael Joy, John & Margery Bernbaum, Gail & Peter Hansen, Kathie Mack

The Washington Post Review

“West By God succeeds not only as an unofficial West Virginia tourism campaign but also as a humorous, heartfelt meditation on the nature of home.”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“I highly recommend “West By God” as a heartfelt love poem by its author, Brandon McCoy, to his home state of West Virginia.”

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DC Metro Theater Arts Review

“Directed by Jeremy Skidmore, this timely work is receiving its world premiere production at The Keegan Theatre.”

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Washington City Paper Review

“Herren and Brown are both delights to watch onstage…[Additionally,] the easy chemistry between Sophia and Calvin (Colin Smith) is some of the play’s best work.”

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DC Theatre Scene Review

“McCoy has created a work that is both personal and heartachingly relatable to anyone who has pulled up roots and moved away from home. McCoy’s earnest writing shines … lifted up by the cast’s charm and chemistry.”

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Sheri S. Herren
DeJeanette Horne
Colin Smith
Rena Cherry Brown
Kevin Hasser
Susan Marie Rhea
Bella u/s
Karen Novack
Martha (DC)
Rachel Trauner
Martha (WV)
Neely Seams
Production Team
Jeremy Skidmore
Costume Designer
Sydney Moore
Set Designer
Matthew J. Keenan
Properties / Set Dressing Designer
Cindy Landrum Jacobs
Sound Designer
Brandon McCoy
Lighting Designer
G. Ryan Smith
Stage Managers
Nikki Hoffpauir, Michael Innocenti