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    Nearly 350 people joined us for a live, virtual table reading of a brand new play called “You Up There?.”

    Now you can enjoy the experience yourself.

    An awkward but charming high school senior is convinced that God answered his prayers for “The One.” But when he finds out that she doesn’t believe in God and won’t go out with him because of his faith, he hashes out a plan to prove God’s existence to her.




    Stage Directions

    Kaiser Johnson is an actor and writer who has appeared in television shows such as Stranger Things and Vampire Diaries, films such as Unplanned, and voiceover projects such as Call of Duty and Transformers. He's an elite obstacle racer, published author, and, much more importantly, a husband to an amazing wife and dad to two wonderful kids.



    Giavani Cairo is based in Los Angeles but originally from Livonia, Michigan. He can be seen as a series regular portraying the disciple Thaddeus on the TV series The Chosen. Other TV/film credits include HBO’s Doom Patrol and the film The Color of Time. Giavani is a graduate of Michigan State University.



    Allegra Edwards is an actress and writer living in sunny Los Angeles. Allegra can currently be seen as Ingrid Kannerman in the Amazon Prime show Upload. Other recent credits include: Briarpatch, Alternatino, New Girl, The Mindy Project, Orange is the New Black, and Modern Family. Allegra received her M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, and her B.A. in Theatre and Television from Pepperdine University. She is happily married to her beloved husband, Clayton Snyder, and is a devoted cat-mom to her senile Siamese, Groucho.


    Father Jacobs

    Jonathan Roumie—actor-director-producer and musician—is best known for his groundbreaking role as Jesus in the popular streaming series The Chosen, the largest crowd-funded media project in history and a global sensation, currently streaming in over 180 countries. His talent for accents and languages has landed him numerous memorable performances, including The Mindy Project, The Good Wife, The Newsroom, Dog With A Blog, Law and Order, and NCIS.



    Alex Dee is a husband, father, and a jack of many creative trades. He has trained and pursued film and acting in New York City and Los Angeles since 2011. He currently lives in Boston and works as the content creator and manager of Family Rosary. Alex recently worked as assistant editor on PRAY: The Story of Patrick Peyton. He continually puts his diverse skillset to work with creative partners and, together with his wife and best friend, is launching a kids podcast about the saints.



    George Xanthis is an Australian actor, writer, and comedian best known for his role as John the Apostle in the television series The Chosen. George was nominated for an Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Award for his work on the comedy sketch series Open Slather, and has recently featured in Ryan Murphy's FX series American Crime Story: Impeachment, portraying George Stephanopoulos.



    A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Maria Vargo is a Hollywood-based actress, singer-songwriter, director, and Christian speaker. She is the president and artistic director of G.K. Chesterton Entertainment, a faith-based, non-profit entertainment company. Maria starred as St. Faustina in a one-woman show, performing over 300 times across America and Canada. A film version of the show is set to be released in the near future. Her passion for music has led to producing an original CD titled Fire Tries Iron, and most recently a Christmas CD titled Coming Home For Christmas.



    Zuri Starks is a Chicago-born actor. New to the Los Angeles scene, she just filmed her first feature film, No More Goodbyes, and took lead in a short film, No Heartbeat in January. Although she loves film and television, her first true love is the stage. From Aida and Hairspray in high school, to The Tempest at the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and Theo, Cleo, and Wu at the Theatre of Note.


    Female multicharacter

    Hilary Ward is a Los-Angeles-based actress whose television and film credits include American Eid, The New Girl, Station 19, OUTDated, Bull, Sharp Objects (Emmy nomination), All the Way (Emmy nomination), NCIS, The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, Modern Family, Other People, and Like You Mean It. She serves on the organizing committee for SAG-AFTRA, of which she is a proud member. She is also a member of the Television Academy and Actors Equity Association. She is the owner and CEO of Apian, Inc., specializing in audition preparation and career coaching for professional actors.


    Male multicharacter

    Carl Santangelo is a multi-talented actor from Chicago and fine artist utilizing his graces and talents to pay it forward. Carl has been a long-standing cast member of The Last Days and most recently played the Apostle Peter in the passion play.



    Mike Grimm splits his time as a writer and creative executive for Justin Baldoni's Wayfarer Studios. He sold his original spec, High School Z, to ImageNation Abu Dhabi, and wrote an original web series, The Attaway Appeal for Brat Productions. The series has over a million views on YouTube. His original spec Action was picked up by AGC Studios, with Bob Teitel and Mitch Smith attached to produce and Brennan Shroff to direct. His young adult coming-of-age tale Rocket Boy is in active development at Wayfarer Studios. He's currently writing an original Christmas romance for Hallmark.

    What our viewers are saying

    I truly loved every minute of this! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of the script reading. I really can't wait to see how you guys develop this either onto film or even as a stage play. I've never belly laughed so much, or eflected so deeply upon my own faith journey as I did watching this production. God bless each and everyone of you!
    —Kiana N.

    This table read was absolutely captivating! Everything—from the writing, to the actors and actresses reading their respective parts, to the director and producer cueing in when to bring in the actors via Zoom—seemed virtually seamless. The script had a nice balance of humor and serious dialogue, as well as heart-rendinng, raw emotion. Giavani’s honest dialogue with God and his parents was relatable. And Allegra’s portrayal of Alexis moved me to tears. Thank you to everyone at GKCE for providing this virtual event for free!
    —Jennifer K.

    This was so well done! The play was funny and heart-rending, and the acting was superb! I knew to expect the best from Jonathan, Giavani, and George, but I was so impressed by ALL who performed in this, especially Allegra Edwards. Hard to believe they hadn’t even practiced together. Will watch again!
    —Vicki T.

    Absolutely loved the screenplay! So many highlights—faith, fun, friendship, forgiveness, fireflies, and fireworks. I love that it showed how a person’s faith in God can be restored in the face of grief and tragedy. Congrats on a job well done!


    The potential for multiplying God’s reach through GKCE’s work is endless, and we are excited about the possibilities!

    Our goal is to enlighten the hearts and minds of as many people as we are able to reach around the world with GKCE’s Momenta Sacra series. We are in ongoing discussions with Christian broadcasting platforms in the hope that we can televise Momenta Sacra episodes, similar to how we aired The Last Days and our Lenten Reflections on EWTN. Ultimately, we plan to make the series available for private programs at parishes and Christian organizations.

    If you feel called to contribute to GKCE’s Momenta Sacra project, click the donate button (add link) to contribute a suggested amount, or whatever you feel moved to gift. We offer our sincere thanks for your generous support—the impact of your contribution will be immeasurable. God bless you.