Friday, September 4, 2015

Lucas Hnath’s ‘The Christians’ tackles a schism among the flock

By Michael Paulson
Larry Powell, left, and Andrew Garman in “The Christians.” Credit Michael Brosilow
NEW YORK---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. Playwrights Horizons, which is presenting the New York premiere of “The Christians,” is inviting audiences to respond to the play — which offers the kind of serious look inside contemporary American Christianity that is infrequently seen on the New York stage — by sharing their own stories. [link]
The playwright Lucas Hnath wrote “The Christians” which is being performed at Playwrights Horizons. The play examines a church’s dispute over doctrine. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times