Andrew Dinwiddie
Get Mad At Sin !


May 27 – June 5, 2010


Get Mad at Sin ! (A Message to the Young People of Today by Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart as Preached at the First Assembly of God in Van Buren, Arkansas) is a one-man performance reanimating a historical document: an out-of-print vinyl record of a sermon by the evangelist Jimmy Swaggart recorded live at the First Assembly of God in Van Buren, Arkansas circa 1971. Conceived and performed by Andrew Dinwiddie under the direction of Jeff Larson, Get Mad at Sin ! strives to achieve perfect audio fidelity to the original record while reincarnating Jimmy Swaggart’s carpet-pacing, pulpit-pounding performance. The result is a complicated portrait of Swaggart in his prime – legendary Pentecostal preacher, pioneer of radio and televangelism, fiery rhetorician, best selling gospel artist of all time and first cousin of rock-and-roller Jerry Lee Lewis – before he reached the height of his fame and imploded in 1988. Get Mad At Sin ! features scenic design by Sara Walsh, lighting design by Chloe Z. Brown and sound design by Jon Moniaci.

From the original Jim Records album jacket: “…one of the most hard hitting messages to the youth of America that you have ever heard before. This message pulls no punches, it tells it just like it is, dealing with the problems of entertainment, rock and roll music, sex, and a host of other problems that beset our youth today – It seems ‘the big guns of hell’ have been turned upon the sins of our youth to steal, kill and destroy. Jimmy Swaggart, in this dynamic message, deals with these problems and thousands of young people all over America have been touched by the Spirit of God and lives have been changed under this sermon.”

“Not Exactly Preaching to the Choir” – Jason Zinoman, New York Times

“Andrew Dinwiddie uses a Jimmy Swaggart sermon as performance text” – Helen Shaw, Time Out New York