Shelley Delaney

Shelley Delaney as Tammy Faye Bakker Messner in "Tammy Faye’s Final Audition."

Photographer: Daniel King

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Tantrum Theater presents 'Tammy Faye's Final Audition' in July

Tantrum Theater will present The Central Ohio premiere of Tammy Faye’s Final Audition by 2016 Tantrum playwright in residence Merri Biechler. Opening in the Abbey Theater, Dublin, Ohio, on July 8 at 8 p.m. and all press are invited to the preview night performance on July 7 at 8 p.m.

Tammy Faye Bakker was the sweetheart of Christian television in the 1980s until fraud and sex scandals brought her world crashing down. In this fevered dream at the end of her life, Tammy Faye enlists the men she loved to help her get back on TV and tape one last media extravaganza. Merri Biechler’s new play wipes clean the mascara and tears to make known the naked truth, and ask: to whom, and for what, do we so desperately devote ourselves?

In this 75 minute tour de force, Shelley Delaney in the title role of Tammy Faye, and Johnathan Hadley as the various men in her life, including Jim Bakker and Jim J. Bullock, examine the life and love of this larger than life human being who found the humanity in everyone she touched.
After previous stops in Cincinnati, Washington D.C. and New Jersey, Tantrum Theater is proud to present the Central Ohio premiere of Tammy Faye’s Final Audition:

“Shelley Delaney is fearless, fearsome, and thoroughly transporting. There is nary a moment when she doesn’t have you in the palm of her actor’s hand, and she takes us to surprising and powerful places. She turns on a dime when called upon. It’s a performance that impresses and audience while honoring her subject. Wow.” – Christopher Henley, DC Theatre Scene

“Overall, Tammy Faye’s Final Audition is relentless, a force of energies alternatively touchingly sad and truly funny.” – Eames Armstrong, DC Metro Theater Arts, Best of Fringe.

Join Tammy Faye for one last audition, delight in being part of her studio audience and bear witness to the empathy and love that made Tammy Faye a legend and hero to so many.

Tickets are available for Tammy Faye’s Final Audition on the website ( All seats are general admission. Shows will be performed in the Abbey Theater at the Dublin Community Recreation Center, 5600 Post Road in Dublin.

There will be two Pay-What-You-Will previews on July 5-6 at 8 p.m. A preview July 7 at 8 p.m. A reception will be held following the July 8, 8 p.m. opening night performance. The remainder of the performance schedule is as follows: Saturday July 9, 8 p.m, Sunday, July 10, 2 p.m, Wednesday, July 13, 8 p.m, Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m, Friday, July 15, 8 p.m, Saturday, July 16, 2 p.m and 8 p.m. Casual talkbacks with the playwright will be held after the matinee performances on July 10 and July 16.

(Artistic Director, Daniel C. Dennis, Producing Director, Ian Wolfgang Hinz, and Founding Producing Director, Rachel Tillman Cornish.)

A professional theater created in partnership between Ohio University College of Fine Arts, the City of Dublin, and Dublin Arts Council, Tantrum will stage productions in the Abbey Theater in Dublin, Ohio until the City of Dublin completes the construction of a performing arts center planned as part of the Bridge Park development. In addition, Tantrum will provide educational workshops to high school students and community engagement in and around Dublin, as well as help grow the cultural landscape of Dublin, and its surrounding communities.

General Admission
Tickets and full performance schedule are available at
Regular Tickets will be priced at $27.50
Student Tickets will be priced at $10. Student tickets only available for purchase at the Dublin Community Recreation Center. A valid student I.D. is required.
Several preview performances for each show will be Pay What You Will performances.