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The Christians

By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Kent Thompson
Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2017
Run Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission
Ticket Price: Varies by date and availability. Come early and save! Tickets start at $30 for Jan 27 – Feb 2
Age Recommendation: High school+
Advisory: To Come

TOP 10 OF 2015 – Critics’ Pick – a “terrific new play about the mystery of faith by Lucas Hnath – one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years.” – The New York Times

Pastor Paul inspires faith in the members of his growing congregation through his preaching. But when he brings up unexpected questions during a sermon, his changing perspective may ask too much of his followers. Featuring live music at every performance, The Christians is an intimate look at the moments that define who we are and what we believe. This New York Times critics' pick is "a terrific new play...from one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years."

Producing Partners Jim and Lori Steinberg

'The Christians': Five things we learned at first rehearsal
“This is a rare play for today's theatre because it actually talks about its subject in a non-judgmental way." Our package includes photos and a cast list. Read More
Creative Team Perspectives
Creative Team Perspectives
Jan 27 | 6:00pm

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Get an exclusive insider’s perspective before the show when you join us for a free, professionally-moderated discussion with the creative team.

Cast Perspectives
Cast Perspectives
Feb 7 | 6:30pm
Join a fun and engaging discussion with the actors after the performance.
Perspectives: Higher Education Advisory Council
Perspectives: Higher Education Advisory Council
Feb 12 | 1:30pm
Participate in a topical discussion led by members of our academic community after the matinee.
ASL & Audio-Described Matinee
ASL & Audio-Described Matinee
Feb 12 | 1:30pm
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Audio Description: AUDIO

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Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Perspectives: Theatre & Theology
Feb 14 | 6:30pm

Join Pastor Dan Bollman of the Rocky Mountain Evangelical Lutheran Synod after the performance to examine each show through a theological lens.


Believers Vs. Believers in Lucas Hnath’s ‘The Christians’
“My mother is an ordained minister, so I grew up, certainly, in that world. And I felt there was something missing in how Christianity tends to be represented onstage.”

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~Lucas Hnath for American Theatre Magazine

Church Splits Are Hell. This Play About One Isn’t.
“[Hnath writes] with so much integrity that he avoids taking sides in the debate at all, while not downplaying the seriousness of the issue…One can only hope there’s a lot more of this to come.”

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~Alissa Wilkinson for Christianity Today

So ‘The Christians’ Walks Into a Jewish Theatre…
“Hnath’s play is no altar call, and Theater J is not having a come-to-Jesus moment. Instead, in exploring a rift between its chief pastor and his congregation over theology, management, and meaning, it delves deep into human issues and conflicts that transcend religious disputation.”

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~Rob Weinert-Kendt for American Theatre Magazine

Lucas Hnath’s ‘The Christians’ Tackles a Schism Among the Flock
“Lucas Hnath grew up in an evangelical church. His mother became a minister, and he thought he might do the same. Instead, he became a playwright, and now he’s written a knowing script about congregational tremors set off by a doctrinal dispute inside a megachurch.”

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~Michael Paulson for The New York Times

In the Moment: ‘The Christians’ at Theater J
“Please, do not let the title put you off. This is a play for all, no matter beliefs or non-beliefs…The Christians shows universal issues with common roots. It is America with its many different religions and faiths. It makes great theater.”

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~David Siegel for DC Metro Theater Arts
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