Late Nite Catechism is the longest running one-person show in Chicago's theater history.Now in its 15th year, it proves that the public can't seem to get enough of those ladies in habit. "I think people are fascinated by nuns," says co-creator and producer Vicki Quade. "And because the show is interactive, every night is different. Anything can happen during a performance." Late Nite Catechism will feature Lisa Braatz in the role of Sister, the wise-cracking, lovable nun. A theatre graduate from St. Louis University, Braatz is a resident of Naperville and has been performing in the Chicagoland area for more than 10 years, including five years as Sister in Late Nite Catechism, both in Naperville and Chicago, and on tour.
In 1993, Vicki Quade brought to life an idea that Chicago actress Maripat Donovan wanted to perform. Donovan was fascinated with the lives of the saints and wanted to do a standup comedy routine. She approached Quade to write a short skit for her. Instead, Quade developed the idea and expanded it into the comedy wonder, Late Nite Catechism, which has been running in Chicago since 1993, and has turned into a national and international hit, with productions in more than 150 cities.The show has been used to help raise retirement funds for various orders of Sisters, not supported by the Archdiocese.Honoring her work, Vicki Quade received the Spirit of Benedict Award in 2003 from the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago and a Partners in Mission Award by the Sisters of the Living Word in Arlington Heights in 2005.