A Case for the Existence of God

Theater Rotterdam | Erik Whien
Thu 1 Feb 20:30
1 Feb

With A Case for the Existence of God, Erik Whien makes a heartfelt plea for hope, even when all seems lost. In this new play by the American playwright Samuel D. Hunter, we see an unlikely friendship between two fathers develop. Two men who at first glance have nothing in common, except that they are both being brutalized by life. That setback is the basis for a connection that may contain something great, or divine.

Two single fathers (played by Emmanuel Ohene Boafo and Bram Suijker) fight for custody of their daughters. One is struggling with money problems, the other with complicated adoption procedures. After all the problems of the past, both are now weighed down by the constant fear of failing in their fatherhood. In A Case for the Existence of God, the men explore in an empathetic, meandering way how to keep hope and connect when disappointment nearly paralyzes them.

“Must-see heartbreaker of a play” wrote the New York Times about the intimate and existentialist A Case for The Existence of God. After the successes of Sadness is the thing with feathers and Slachthuis five, director Erik Whien brings the first Dutch adaptation of this acclaimed performance to the theater. In an intimate dialogue, actors Emmanuel Ohene Boafo (winner Louis d'Or 2021) and Bram Suijker (winner Louis d'Or 2022) stand together on the floor.


Tekst Samuel D. Hunter
Regie Erik Whien
Spel Emmanuel Ohene Boafo, Bram Suijker
Vertaling Vera Morina
Scenografie Marloes en Wikke
Lichtontwerp Julian Maiwald
Kostuumontwerp Rebekka Wörmann