By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Bill English
In just ten years, Pastor Paul’s modest ministry has grown into a massive megachurch, with thousands of believers coming through its doors each week. But as Paul wrestles with his own faith, he moves to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America — and its power to unite or divide.
San Francisco Playhouse’s production of The Christians is made possible by: Executive Producer Susan Atherton; Producers Bill & Marsha Adler; Associate Producers Valarie Barth, Steven & Karin Chase, Thalia Dorwick, and Ellen & Bruce Hall, Richard & Terry Horrigan / John & Catharine Kalin; and Artistic Underwriters David Shuh, Ruth & Les Finkelstein, Eleanor and Richard Johns, and Ed & Peggy Mihm.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association. Photos by Ken Levin.
Lucas Hnath’s plays include The Christians (2014 Humana Festival), Red Speedo (Studio Theatre, DC), A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney (Soho Rep), nightnight (2013 Humana Festival), Isaac’s Eye (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Death Tax (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre), and The Courtship of Anna Nicole Smith (Actors Theatre of Louisville).
Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011 and is a proud member of Ensemble Studio Theatre.
Lucas is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for Isaac’s Eye and a 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for Death Tax. He is also a recipient of commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the Royal Court Theatre.