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The Christians: Coming Soon!

The Hippodrome Theatre proudly presents

The Christians

Written by Lucas Hnath
directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell
Opens April 20, with previews April 18 and 19
 
The Hippodrome Theatre presents the “The Christians,” by Lucas Hnath on stage April 18-May 13, 2018.

 

The Christians is a critically-acclaimed drama by award-winning playwright Lucas Hnath. Currently one of the most-produced plays in the nation, The Christians is a thought-provoking and timely play which poses philosophical and theological questions about faith in America.

 

The Christians centers around Pastor Paul, who started a conservative Christian church in a modest storefront. Over the past 10 years, he grew it into a mega-church with thousands of devoted parishioners and a newly paid-off mortgage.  Everything changes one Sunday when Pastor Paul preaches a sermon about the existence of Hell that shakes his congregation to the core. The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at religious faith in America – and its power to unite or divide.

 

Named a Top 10 Play by Time Magazine.  Christianity Today says, “Lucas Hnath’s The Christians gets complicated human and church life right.”

 

“This terrific play about the mystery of faith by Lucas Hnath – one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years – is MESMERIZING.” -Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.

 

“A clever, searching and elusively profound work. Amen to that.” – The Guardian.

 

The play doesn’t take sides. Rather, it explores questions for the audience to consider about how they interpret religious teachings and the practice of faith in a compassionate and nuanced production that will sure to keep the conversation going long after the final bow.

 

SHOWTIMES: 
Tues. 7 p.m. | Wed. 7 p.m. | Thurs. 7 p.m. | Fri. 8 p.m. | Sat. 5 & 8:30 p.m. | Sun. 2 p.m.
  

Tickets at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here. On stage April 20 – May 13, with 7 performances a week!


REVIEWS

“This terrific play about the mystery of faith by Lucas Hnath — one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years — is MESMERIZING.”
—Charles Isherwood, The New York Times.
“DEEPLY AFFECTING. EMOTIONALLY DEVASTATING. A white-knuckled drama about a theological battle.”
—Elisabeth Vincentelli, The New York Post.

AWARDS/PRAISE FOR THE CHRISTIANS

WINNER Outer Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play
WINNER of the Obie Award for Playwrighting
Nominated for Drama Desk Award Outstanding Play 
Nominated for Lortel Awards for Outstanding Play
Time Magazine TOP 10 Play of the Year

CAST

Associate Pastor – Marquis D Gibson | Wife – Juliana Davis | Pastor – Joseph Ditmyer | Congregant – Renata Eastlick | Elder – V Craig Heidenreich


ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT

Named one of the most significant new voices of our generation, Lucas Hnath was born in Orlando, Florida, and educated at the Tisch School of the Arts. Notable works The Christians, Red Speedo, A Doll’s House, Part 2. He was nominated for a Tony Award for A Doll’s House, Part 2. He is the winner of the Kesselring Prize, Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Whiting Award, 2017 Steinberg Playwright Award. He is on the faculty at New York University.

PRODUCTION TEAM

Director – Lauren Warhol Caldwell
Stage Manager – Amber Wilkerson
Assistant Stage Manager – Carley Selah
Production Manager – Robert P. Robins
Technical Director – Michael A. Eaddy
Costume Designer – Jillian Parzych
Wardrobe – Nichole Williams
Lighting Designer – Robert P. Robins
Master Electrician – Neil Bearden
Set Designer – Warren Goodwin
Scenic Designer – Michael A. Eaddy
Sound Designer – Amanda Yanes
Props Designer – Michael A. Eaddy
This activity has been funded in part by a Tourist Development Tax Grant from the Alachua County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Alachua County Tourist Development Council. For additional information or clarification contact Visit Gainesville/Alachua County at kmunden@alachuacounty.us or at 352-374- 5260.