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Going back to school was never as much fun or as funny as at Late Nite Catechism, appearing at Bristol Riverside Theatre September 9-13. Written by Maripat Donovan and Vicki Quade, this one-woman interactive comedy features Nonie Newton-Riley as the irrepressible Sister who rewards her “students” with glow-in-the-dark rosaries or a seat on stage in the corner reflecting on their naughty actions.

Performances run Wednesday, September 9 at 2:00 and 7:30, Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 PM, Friday, September 11 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, September 12 at 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM, and Sunday, September 13 at 3:00 PM. Tickets starting at $30 ($15 for students) are available by visiting or calling the BRT Box Office at 215-785-0100. Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA.

In this international hit that is part catechism class and part stand-up comedy, Late Nite Catechism is a hilarious trip down memory lane to the days of meatless Fridays, school uniforms and justice dispensed with a wooden ruler. Whether audience members spent 12 years in Catholic school, or think a Hail Mary is only a football pass, even the most reluctant “students” will be clamoring to get into this Sister’s class.

NONIE NEWTON-RILEY (Sister) hails from a large Irish-Catholic mob in Chicago, honing her comedy skills at the dinner table then, later at Chicago’s Second City Theatre for several years. She played three seasons at the Green Mountain Guild in Vermont, toured with the improvisation group, The Reification Company, and enjoyed a two year run in Jerry Mayer’s Aspirin & Elephants at the Santa Monica Playhouse. Nominated for a Wilde Award in Detroit for best solo performance 2011 for Will My Bunny Go to Heaven, she earned an Emmy for writing and performing Oh, Art! for PBS in Chicago. For the last thirteen years, Newton-Riley has toured the country in Late Nite Catechism plays performing at Long Wharf Theatre, Laguna Beach Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, Olney Theatre, Kravis Center, The Lyric, Proctor Theatre, The Majestic-Empire, Kirkland Center, Eismann Center, and Wilson Center.

MARIPAT DONOVAN (Playwright) originated the role of Sister in Late Nite Catechism and has toured internationally, receiving rave reviews for her work in Chicago, Boston, Providence, New York, Toronto, Philadelphia, Seattle, Portland, London and Dublin. For her work in Late Nite Catechism, she was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award in New York for Outstanding Solo Performances and won the Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Solo Performance in Los Angeles. She has worked in Chicago theatre for more than 20 years, winning Joseph Jefferson citations for her work in Portrait of a Shiksa and The Good Times are Killing Me.

VICKI QUADE (Playwright) is a Chicago writer, poet and editor. She has finished a sequel to Late Nite Catechism with Maripat Donovan, and also wrote Room for Advancement, which had its world premiere in 1994. Her comedy, Mr. Nanny, finished a successful nine-month run in 1998, and her newest piece, a musical, Lost in Wonderland, has had several staged readings.

Since 1986, BRT has brought consistently acclaimed professional theatre to Bucks County and maintains a long-term commitment to finding and developing new plays. The theatre is the recipient of over 70 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre, given annually by Theatre Philadelphia. In addition to its Mainstage productions, the theatre serves as a cultural hub for the community, with such programs as children’s theatre, community concerts and exhibitions of local visual arts. Currently under the direction of Artistic Director Keith Baker, Founding Director Susan D. Atkinson, and Managing Director Jameson Gilpatrick, BRT begins its 29th season. For information, visit