By Jason Odell Williams
Directed by Markus Potter
Cast: Rob Nagle, Nadia Bowers, Christa Scott-Reed, Jonathan Louis Dent
Scenic Design: David Goldstein
Costume Design: Dianne K. Graebner
Lighting Design: Burke Brown
Sound Design: Eric T. Lawson
Stage Manager: Sofia Montgomery
First Performance March 3, 2017
Opening March 20, 2017
Final Performance June 4, 2017
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Church & State is a fast-paced, seriously funny take on faith, politics, and “The Twitter.” It’s three days before Charles Whitmore’s Senate reelection and he’s decided to finally tell the public exactly what’s on his mind, no filter. What could possibly go wrong?
Originally developed with Artistic director Ralph Meranto and JCC CenterStage, Church & State was produced as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at JCC CenterStage in Rochester and The Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles where it received three Ovation Award nominations including Best Playwriting for an Original Play, Best Production (Intimate Theatre), and Best Lead Actor in a Play. The Los Angeles Times praised it as “gripping entertainment,” and “simply superb,” while The Huffington Post called it “powerful, humorous and highly contemporary” and named it one of the Top Ten L.A. Theatre Productions of 2016.
Church & State is produced by Charlotte Cohn, co-producers SCS Innovations, LLC, Forty-Eight Theatrical Group, Brierpatch Productions, Neil Gooding Productions, Karen Cohen/Jack Hayflick, Ralph Meranto/JCC Centerstage, in association with NewYorkRep & The Telling Company. Casting is by Wojcik | Seay Casting and Brierpatch Productions provides General Management.