West By God Tour

About the First Annual KeeganConnects Tour

The KeeganConnects WEST BY GOD tour of West Virginia brings a socially important play to a region with a burgeoning arts scene, bolstering the local artistic community and engaging audience members in both DC and Appalachia in a critical dialogue about perception and humanity.

Following its world premiere in DC in September, WEST BY GOD travels to West Virginia as the pilot project in the KeeganConnects tour. Performances play at Marshall University in Huntington over two weekends, with audience talkbacks and community engagement events offered in collaboration with other local theatres and non-profit organizations. Playwright Brandon McCoy and select cast members are also conducting theatre workshops and community outreach events throughout the run, and the tour cast features a Marshall University student, Neely Seams.

Performances January 17, 18, 19, 24 and 25 at Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center
Moderated audience talkback and community engagement events to follow select performances

View the listing on the Marshall University website

WEST BY GOD by Brandon McCoy, directed by Jeremy Skidmore
National Endowment for the Arts

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the Play

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. LEARN MORE

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About the Team

A member of the Keegan Theatre company, Brandon McCoy is an actor, director and writer whose play OTHER LIFE FORMS premiered at Keegan in 2018 and who has acted in and directed numerous Keegan and other DC-area productions. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore, WEST BY GOD features a cast of seven, including Rena Cherry Brown and DeJeanette Horne with Keegan company members Kevin Hasser, Sheri S. Herren, Susan Marie Rhea, and Colin Smith.

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A Rich Tradition of Touring

The KeeganConnects tour of WEST BY GOD opens a new chapter in Keegan’s long history of touring important works outside the DC region. An annual project designed to take original, provocative plays to small towns and communities nationwide, the annual KeeganConnects tour will include affordable theatre performances and audience engagement events that will forge connections between the District’s thriving theatre community and smaller professional and community theatres around the country.