The John Montogomery Theatre Company and Horse Trade present   

Spitting In The Face Of The Devil

Written and performed by Bob Brader
Directed and developed by Suzanne Bachner


The Red Room
85 E 4th St.
btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave.


Adult: $20
Student and Senior: $10

May 7-July 2, 2007
Mondays at 7pm
(no show May 28)

Running Time: 90 minutes

"Bob Brader keeps the audience at their knees with an engaging knack for storytelling adorned with smart humor and a shattering kind of sadness that will linger in the mind."

-Naneh Israelyan,

“Very much a hit...Mr. Brader is an incredibly versatile and engaging performer...Suzanne Bachner's direction is flawless...I highly recommend this piece."

- Duncan Pflaster,

"Compelling Theater...a voyeuristic thrill!"

- Lauren Snyder,

"Brader's confident, candid storytelling manner and his vivid, earnest writing keep us compelled with intelligence and humor...a gripping, elegantly conceived event." 

- Martin Denton,   

The Most Shocking Play You Will See All Year…

Photo by Scott Wynn

Robert A. Brader, Sr. died on March 3, 2003. Everybody loved him, but nobody knew him. Now his son will reveal what nobody but he knows in SPITTING IN THE FACE OF THE DEVIL , a daring and highly personal solo show in the vein of Spalding Gray and Mike Daisey. The show is about the death of the author's father, a terrifying and abusive ex-Marine, and their tension-filled relationship, which is contrasted with the love of his supportive mother. The father harbors a huge secret which will be revealed halfway through the piece; this revelation comes as a gigantic and shocking surprise not only to the author, but also to the audience, who discovers this information along with him.

Photo by Scott Wynn

Bob Brader Writer / Performer

Bob was born in Allentown , Pennsylvania and he received a scholarship to The Young Actors Studio when he was in High School. He came to New York to attend the Tisch School of the Arts, working with the Stella Adler Conservatory. Some of his New York Theatre roles include Girls School Vampire playing the roles of Harold Kumel and Johnny , Salome as Herod, Impromptu playing Ernest, Bitch Macbeth as Rbiter , Who in the Hell is the Real Live Lorelei Lee? Playing Burgess Link, and playing Caesar in the OOBR award-winning production of DMTheatric's Antony and Cleopatra . He just finished a five month run of BITE playing Parker Lyman followed by Peter in We Call Her Benny as part of the first-ever FRIGID New York festival, both with The John Montgomery Theatre Company, of which he is Artistic Associate.

Suzanne Bachner Director / Developed by

Suzanne is thrilled and honored to be Bob's co-conspirator in Spitting In The Face Of The Devil . Suzanne just directed her play, We Call Her Benny , to critical acclaim, as part of the first-ever FRIGID New York Festival. Other directing credits include Frank D. Gilroy's The Subject Was Roses at The Celebration Theatre in Los Angeles and her cult hit, Icons & Outcasts , which ran for six months at The John Montgomery Theatre and The Duplex. Suzanne's award-winning play, Circle , ran for five months Off Broadway, was produced nationally and optioned for production in Australia . Her plays have been seen at PS NBC at HERE, 20 th Century Fox at the Coronet Theatre in LA, The Raw Space, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, and The National Arts Club, among others. Plays include Don't Let Destiny Push You Around, Screwdrivers & Sunday Brunch , Alexandra Triptych , Jump Start, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Sex Ed and BITE . Film and screenwriting credits include the short films Snapshot (Film Threat's Best of 2002), Jennifer Monroe, P.I. (Flicks on 66), The Apartment (Blue Barn Productions for Canon), and a feature, Love Seat (Kipp Miller Productions). Suzanne studied playwriting with Romulus Linney (MFA, first graduating class of The Actors Studio Drama School at The New School). She is a resident artist at Horse Trade, has received four OOBR Awards and is a member of The Dramatists Guild .

Douglas Shearer Lighting Designer / Technical Director

Doug has been with The John Montgomery Theatre Company since 1996 and has been in the theatre for almost 30 years. In that time he has acted, designed both lighting and sound, stage managed and directed. JMTC productions include Othello , Patient 23 , Icons & Outcasts , Icons Y2K , The Collard Green: Contributions by Cornbread Diva s and Run to the Roar (both co-productions with The Cracked Plate), Flirting with Reality , BITE and We Call Her Benny . Recent stage managing credits include Timmy the Great directed and choreographed by Savion Glover and Finer Noble Gases by Adam Rapp, directed by Michael John Garces. Companies Doug has worked with include Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center , Rattlestick, Ensemble Studio, The Play Company, The Acting Company, Primary Stages, American Globe, Vital, Signature and Amas. He has had the pleasure of working with both seasoned professionals and the future famous. Many thanks to Suzanne and the JMTC family.


The John Montgomery Theatre Company is an international collective of actors, writers, directors and designers presenting original work with an emphasis on the collaborative process. Founded in 1994 by Patrick Hillan, JMTC is currently a Veteran Resident Company at Horse Trade and has received four OOBR Awards. JMTC has produced over 40 productions in New York City , worked with over 100 theater artists and consumed thousands upon thousands of pints following performances.