CHURCH & STATE
by Jason Odell Williams
directed by Elina de Santos
performed in repertory with OBAMA-OLOGY
presented in association with Providence Entertainment Ltd
"Every now and again a brilliant play comes your way, strong enough to knock you off your complacent ledge, inspiring social and political change within you, and entertaining us like not much you've ever seen before. Such is the world premiere of Church and State” - Edge Media Network
Keep your eye on playwright Jason Odell Williams. If he keeps writing plays as extraordinary and impassioned as his latest play, ‘Church and State,’ he may in time be hailed as this country’s newest Eugene O’Neill. - Santa Monica Daily Press
This is a mesmeric production of a captivating, thought-provoking new play sure to only advance the career of a promising new dramatist...under the brilliant directorial eye of Elina de Santos, this cast could not be better
Funny, human, devastating, brave and powerful... [With] very clear characters and tight writing, Church & State speaks to the lunacy of modern politics
- LA Theatre Bites (podcast)
Three days before his bid for reelection in North Carolina, a Republican U.S. Senator makes a heartfelt and off-the-cuff comment after a school shooting to a blogger that calls into question his belief in God. The Senator's devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try desperately to contain the damage.
In a brutally honest and surprisingly funny way, the play sheds light on how our reaction to religion, gun control, and social media influences elections.
Jason Odell Williams is an EMMY Award-nominated writer and producer ("Brain Games") as well as an award-winning playwright, novelist and screenwriter.
FIND OUT MORE: ARTICLES ABOUT CHURCH & STATE
Guns, God and Politics in "Church & State" - Jewish Journal
NNPN Sets Church & State as 60th World Premiere - Broadway World
|SETS - Jeff McLaughlin||COSTUMES - Mylette Nora|
|LIGHTS - Sohail E. Najafi||VIDEO - Nicholas Santiago|
|SOUND - Chris Moscatiello|
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Interview - Rob Nagle on CHURCH & STATE
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Rob Nagle, who portrays Senator Whitmore, talks about working on CHURCH & STATE at Skylight Theatre and what it feels like doing the play as current events invade the dressing room.
Interview - Annika Marks on CHURCH & STATE
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Annika Marks, who portrays Alex, the senator's campaign manager, discusses the impact of social media on elections and her characters' infatuation with cell phones.
Interview - Tracie Lockwood on CHURCH & STATE
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Tracie Lockwood talks about the play, acting and whether she could ever really be a Senator's wife!
She portrays Sara Whitmore in the CHURCH & STATE, on stage at Skylight Theatre
Interview - Elina de Santos on CHURCH & STATE
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Elina de Santos, Church & State director, reveals what she believes the play is about and her passion for directing.