Photo Flash: First Look at PlayMakers Repertory Company's THE CHRISTIANS
PlayMakers Repertory Company presents "The Christians" by 2017 Tony-nominated playwright, Lucas Hnath. The production, which is directed by Triad Stage founder Preston Lane, runs from February 1 to March 10, 2018 in rotating repertory with the Molière classic "Tartuffe" (adapted by David Ball).
Get a first look at the production in the photos below!
"The Christians" takes its audience into the world of Pastor Paul, the charismatic leader of a thriving megachurch., he preaches a sermon with the power to shake the foundations of both the church, and his own life. In this award-winning drama, playwright Hnath takes a critical, but compassionate look at the topic of faith and following today, and how who we follow shapes what we believe.
Each performance will be backed by a live choir, from throughout the Triangle area.
"As a Christian artist, myself, I want to be asking questions that help a society behave differently, in a way that we can be kind and understanding of each other," says Lane, who is making his PlayMakers directorial debut. "Faith for me isn't a rigid set of beliefs, so I was drawn to this play because Hnath presents us with 5 absolutely faithful people with 5 different, valid, and equally compelling positions. My job is to honor the conversations of these characters, and to let them ask questions of the audience that I hope people will take home with them, and talk about the next day, the next week."
"I was excited to bring back the rotating repertory this season, and have audiences explore two very different viewpoints on faith and following, both flash points for our country right now," said PlayMakers Producing Artistic Director, Vivienne Benesch. "'The Christians' is a powerful foil to Moli è re's classic farce about religious zeal. There's no 'hero' in this play, no guidestar of what's right or wrong, but instead a meaningful conversation not just between the characters, but hopefully with the audience."
"The Christians" features Joey Collins as Pastor (Broadway's "The Glass Menagerie" and "Suddenly Last Summer" at Berkeley Rep) andNemuna Cessay as Pastor's Wife, ("Great Expectations" at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and "The Unfortunates" at Joe's Pub at The Public) in their PlayMakers debuts. Both will double in central roles in Molière 's "Tartuffe". "The Christians" also features PlayMakers company membersAlex Givens as Associate Pastor ("Sense and Sensibility," ), Jeffrey Blair Cornell as Elder ("Count," "My Fair Lady"), and Christine Mirzayan as Congregant ("The Cake," "The Crucible").
The Creative Team of "The Christians" includes: Preston Lane (Director), Alexis Distler (Scenic Designer), Robin Vest (Costume Designer),Oliver Wason (Lighting Designer), Palmer Hefferan (Sound Designer), Jacqueline Lawton (Dramaturg), Charles K. Bayang (Stage Manager) and Jennifer Caster (Assistant Stage Manager).
"The Christians" is recommended for audiences 14 and older.
PlayMakers is the professional theater in residence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina's premier resident theater company for more than 40 years. PlayMakers has been named one of the "best regional theatres in America".
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