The Christians

By Lucas Hnath

The Christians

Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2015

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ISBN: 9781848425125
Format: 198mm x 129mm
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Published: 6th August 2015
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Category: Modern drama (post-1945)

Series: NHB Modern Plays

First Staged: US: Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2014. UK: Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 2015

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For the last twenty years, Pastor Paul has been building his church. Starting in a modest storefront, he now presides over a flock of thousands. Idolised by his followers, today should be a day for joy and celebration. But the sermon that Paul is about to preach will shake the very foundations of his followers’ beliefs.

As fractures spread throughout his congregation, Paul must fight to prevent his church from tearing itself apart.

Lucas Hnath's play The Christians is a remarkable exploration of faith and community in the modern world, asking profound questions about what we believe and why.

Featuring a community choir, the play had its UK premiere at the Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, as part of the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it received a Scotsman Fringe First Award. It was a co-production with the Gate Theatre, London, where it subsequently transferred.

'a play brimming with intelligent ideas about our need to communicate and the fluidity of faith'

- Evening Standard

'excitingly intelligent'

- The Times

'thrilling… [a] riveting 80 minutes'

- Scotsman

'remarkably effective... a play of ideas, opening up discussions and making room for suggestions of how to solve this faith crisis'

- A Younger Theatre

'an intelligent, questioning piece… a fascinating piece of writing'

- The Stage

Lucas Hnath is an award-winning playwright whose plays include The Christians (Humana Festival, 2014); A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep); Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, 2013); nightnight (Humana Festival, 2013); Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 2013); and Death Tax (Humana Festival 2012; Royal Court Theatre, 2013). He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2015 Whiting Award, a Whitfield Cook Award and two Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citations.

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