Church & State to End Off-Broadway Run

Off-Broadway News   Church & State to End Off-Broadway Run
Jason Odell Williams’ political comedy will play its final performance in June at New World Stages.
Rob Nagle and Nadia Bowers
Rob Nagle and Nadia Bowers Russ Rowland

The New York premiere of Jason Odell Williams’ Church & State will play its final performance Off-Broadway June 4, producers announced. The political comedy began an open-ended engagement at New World Stages March 3 following a critically acclaimed run in Los Angeles.

Directed by Markus Potter, Church & State officially opened March 20. At the time of closing, it will have played 29 previews and 81 regular performances.

The play sheds light on how religion, guns, and social media influence politics and politicians.

“I'm so proud of the entire Church & State team and what we accomplished here, especially our partnerships with Sandy Hook Promise and other charitable organizations,” commented producer Charlotte Cohn in a press statement. “The people we reached and the lives this play has touched are immeasurable and we look forward to a long and prosperous life in the regions, as well as at school and universities across the country.”

The current cast includes Rob Nagle, Nadia Bowers, Christa Scott-Reed, and Jonathan Louis Dent. Beginning May 26, Megan Sikora replaces Bowers, and on May 29 Andy Talen replaces Dent.

Flip through photos from the Off-Broadway staging below:

The creative team is made up of David Goldstein (scenic design), Burke Brown (lighting design), Dianne K. Graebner (costume design), and Erik T. Lawson (sound design). Sofia Montgomery is production stage manager. Casting is by Wojcik | Seay Casting, and Brierpatch Productions provides general management.

Church & State was produced as a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere at JCC CenterStage in Rochester and The Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles. The L.A. staging received positive reviews from critics and was nominated for three Ovation Awards, including Best Playwriting for an Original Play, Best Production (Intimate Theatre), and Best Lead Actor in a Play.

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