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Company Name: Next Stage

City/State: Oklahoma City, OK

Genre: Theatre

Ratings: PG (parental guidance suggested)

Playwright: Adapted by Rodney Brazil & Emily Etherton

Venue: The Black Box

Show Times:

Fri 7/22 7:30 PM
Sat 7/23 9:00 PM
Sun 7/24 6:00 PM
Fri 7/29 6:00 PM
Sat 7/30 4:30 PM


The most controversial book of the Bible is now a live show! See why Ecclesiastes has fascinated everyone from Shakespeare to Samuel Beckett in this funny and poignant stage adaptation. After struggling to find meaning in the world, The Teacher reveals his hard-learned and unexpected answers to life’s big questions. From concubines to snake charming, he’s here to explain the meaningless existence of everything under the sun. Religious or not, you’ll be intrigued by this mystifying 2222ish-year-old text.


Name Role
Rodney Brazil The Teacher

Past Fringe Shows:

Show When/Where
Naked Brunch 2020, Theatre Crude Fringe Festival
Kissing Booth 2021, Theatre Crude Fringe Festival
Meaningless 2022, Atlanta Fringe Festival
Meaningless 2022, Denver Fringe Festival

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  1. STU LEWIS on July 22, 2022 at 11:34 pm

    One would think that a straightforward presentation of a book of the Bible would be a poor choice for a fringe festival, but this actor brings the book to life in an amazing way. I was totally transfixed. It is possible that once you have seen this show you will never look at the Bible in the same way again.

    • Rodney on July 27, 2022 at 8:51 am

      Thank you so much for coming, Stu! Truly appreciate your thoughts.

  2. Disappointed on July 24, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    Skip it.

  3. Jocelyn costa on July 25, 2022 at 5:37 am

    BRAVO!! Rodney was fabulous! I absolutely loved his representation of the book of Ecclesiastes. Thoughtful and delightful, bringing words of the Bible to life. He reminded me of plays I have seen about CS Lewis at the Kaufman Center. Thank you Rodney for bringing meaning to an ordinary meaningless night.

    • Rodney on July 27, 2022 at 8:52 am

      Much appreciated, Jocelyn! I’m so glad you joined us for the show!

  4. Lucy on July 25, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    I saw this show Sunday night and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. A thought provoking show, I must say. If you are looking for satire or a spoof, this show is not that. But if you are into late night deep discussions on the meaning of life, you will definitely want to see this.

    • Rodney on July 27, 2022 at 8:53 am

      Thanks for coming, Lucy! And yes, if you are into late-night arguments on the meaning of life, you’ll love Meaningless!

  5. Jeff Smith on July 25, 2022 at 11:40 pm

    Good art should always make one think and/or make a lasting impression and Meaningless delivered for me on both fronts. As a confirmed Atheist, I was hesitant on seeing a piece based on a book from the Old Testament, yet of the 3 Fringe shows I attended this past weekend this was the most rewarding. I have spent the workday asking known Christians at work what they know about the book of Ecclesiastes and the exchange has been a bridge between our beliefs. The wonderfully performed piece did not change my beliefs one iota, in fact reinforced for me that it all is Meaningless, yet took the hard edge off and softened the mystery of life a bit. A great piece of theater that shouldn’t be avoided because of the biblical story line.

  6. Rodney on July 27, 2022 at 8:54 am

    Wow, Jeff. Thank you SO much. This is the feedback I’ve been longing to hear. Really appreciate your taking a chance on the show.

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