November 1-9, 2019
Lewis & Clark Department of Theatre in collaboration with the Department of Music present
by Lucan Hnath
Directed by Stepan Simek, Professor of Theatre
Choir Director: Susan McBerry
The What and The How
The Christians as a deeply probing play that raises questions about how and why entrenched beliefs within organized religion can exert great power within communities, and how change can often be so difficult and disruptive.. It is a highly theatrical and relatable, yet at the same time profoundly intellectual staged debate about the real human consequences of choices based on spirituality. We’ll set the play in a modern American Evangelical megachurch, and back the action by a twenty to twenty-five-member choir and a live church band. We’ll be casting six or seven actors as well as the about twenty to twenty-five choir singers.
Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now, he presides over a mega-congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool, a top of the arts multi-media machinery, and a parking lot for hundreds of cars. Today should be a day of celebration – the congregation has become more powerful than ever, and the gigantic church building is now finally fully paid for and debt-free. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the very foundation of his church’s belief and lead to a complete reexamination of everything that each of the characters in the play stands for.
Fir Acres Theatre Main Stage
Friday and Saturday, November 1 & 2 – 7:30pm
Sunday, November 3 – 2:00pm Matinee
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 7, 8, 9 – 7:30pm
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PHYSICAL BOX OFFICE at Fir Acres Theatre
Tickets can also be purchased (cash only) at our box office, Monday through Friday, 1:00-5:00pm, and one hour before performances beginning October 28. Phone reservations for non-campus ticket purchasers only (503-768-7495).
$15 General Admission
$10 L&C Faculty/Staff/Alums, Sr. Citizens, Non L&C Students
$5 L&C Students
$8 Groups of 10 or more
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