Apollinaire Theatre Company presents The Christians by Lucas Hnath

Date Available: 

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Expiration Date: 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Description: 

"Whether or not you believe in God, you should believe in Lucas Hnath." -The Guardian

"Lucas Hnath’s softly mesmerizing drama 
about a schism that arises in an evangelical megachurch…

In this terrific play about the mystery of faith, 
and how religion can tear people apart just as it can bring them together, 
a revelation experienced by the pastor causes a potentially disastrous rupture in the congregation." 
-NY Times

 

The Christians is a play about a charismatic pastor who has had a revelation, that asks difficult questions about belief and faith, family and community, and the need for a place called Hell.  

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul's church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's belief. 

Michael Poignand will play the lead role of Pastor Paul.  After pursuing acting as a career in New York for nearly 17 years, Michael left the city and moved back to his native Commonwealth with his wife director Bryn Boice (Julius Caesar, Blue Kettle/Here We Go).  He was a nominee for the 2018 Elliot Norton Awards for his performance in Or by Liz Duffy Adams at the new blackbox theater at the Chelsea Theatre Works. Michael launched his career in New York playing Badger in The Wind in the Willows at the New Victory Theatre in 1998. Since then he's worked extensively on Regional and Off-Broadway stages including: Syracuse Stage, The Fulton Opera House, HERE, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Players Theatre, Theatre Row (Lion), Theatre54, The Harry de Jur Playhouse, Clementé Soto Velez Cultural Center (Flamboyán and La Tea Theatres) and the Boston Center for the Arts. 
 
Director Brooks Reeves made his Boston area directing debut at Apollinaire last spring with Winter Solstice.  He recently played Bottom in our Midsummer Night’s Dream, his ninth show with Apollinaire, having previously appeared in Three Sisters, The Visit, Hamlet, Brilliant Adventures, MidsummerFrom White Plains, Blood Wedding, and the Norton winning Stupid Fucking Bird. Winner of the 2015 IRNE Award for best supporting actor (small company), Brooks has worked with the Golddust Orphans (Legally Blind: The Hellen Keller musical), Bridge Rep (Julius Caesar, The Libertine), Stoneham Theater (Neville's Island), Company One (An Octaroon, Shockheaded Peter), Central Square Theater (Arabian Nights), Zeitgeist Stage (Love! Valour! Compassion!Bent, Boys in the Band), Hub Theatre of Boston, Brown Box, Happy Medium, and Bad Habit Productions. 
 
Performances of The Christians are February 15-March 9, 2019
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Thurs. Feb. 28 & March 7 at 7:30, Sun. February 24 and March 3 at 3:00
 
Press Night: Sat. Feb. 16, 8:00

Performances are at the Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea. 

Tickets are $30, $25 seniors, $15 students

Tickets can be purchased by calling (617) 887-2336 or on-line at www.apollinairetheatre.com
Information and directions at www.apollinairetheatre.com

Performances will be followed by a Reception with the actors.
 

The Christians by Lucas Hnath
Feb. 15-Mar. 9, 2019

Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea.
(617) 887-2336 • www.apollinairetheatre.com

Starring: Michael Poignand, Alison Meirowitz McCarthy, Christine Power, Armando Rivera, Arthur Waldstein

Choir: Elyse Brown, Doug Dulaney, Margaret Felice, Demetrius Fuller, Caitlin Gjerdrum, Julia Kennedy, Amy Manion, Caryn May, Jamie Merkle, Kirsten Mulrenan, Ben Nissan, Jessica Richmond, Lisa Santagate, Masha Sten-Clanton, Vijaya Sundaram, Samuel James Zeiberg
 
Directed by Brooks Reeves 
Music Direction & Sound Design: David Reiffel
Design: Danielle Fauteux Jacques
SM: Maurine Heberden
ASM: Jaime Hernandez
Running Time: estimated 90 minutes
 
Lucas Hnath’s work as a playwright includes A Doll’s House, Part 2; Hillary and Clinton; Red Speedo; The Christians; A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney; Isaac’s Eye; and Death Tax. His work has been produced nationally and internationally, including at Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville/Humana Festival of New Plays, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Steppenwolf Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Royal Court Theatre, and on Broadway at the John Golden Theater. He is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre and a resident of New Dramatists. Hnath is a recipient of an Obie, Guggenheim Fellowship, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best New Play, Whiting Award, Kesselring Prize, two Steinberg citations from the American Theatre Critics Association, and a 2017 Tony nomination for Best Play. He holds both a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
 
Apollinaire Theatre Company stages passionate plays at their elegantly restored theater in the Chelsea Theatre Works, as well as free summer Apollinaire in the Park performances. Recently Apollinaire opened two new theaters at the Chelsea Theatre Works, the Riseman Family Theatre that houses their Apollinaire Play Lab program for children and youth, and the new BlackBox Theatre, a rental house for Greater Boston's performing arts community.
Apollinaire productions include A Midsummer Night’s DreamThree Sisters by Anton Chekhov, Stupid F**king Bird by Aaron Posner, A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes by Kate Benson, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven by Young Jean Lee, and First Love is the Revolution by Rita Kalnejais.
 
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Upcoming Productions
 
 
 
The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig
Directed by Danielle Fauteux Jacques
 
April 5-May 4, 2019
Fri. & Sat. at 8:00, Sun April 14 & 28 at 3:00
 
Press Night: Sat. April 6, 8:00 
 
“a terrific, inventive sense of fun" -The Scotsman

"the ultimate shaggy Satan story...it shifts seamlessly from robust silliness to sensual dreaminess... this happy mindbender offers the best deal going on time travel." -NY Times

“a wild poetic heart...I can't get it out of my mind.” -The Guardian
 

An evening of anarchic theatre, live music and strange goings-on…

One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart is delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets and devilish encounters.

David Greig is an acclaimed and award-winning playwright, whose plays include THE EVENTS (Traverse, Scotland and Young Vic), THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART (Tron, National Theatre of Scotland), MIDSUMMER (Traverse, Soho and Tricycle), DUNSINANE (RSC at Hampstead and National Theatre of Scotland), DAMASCUS (Traverse, Scotland and Tricycle), OUTLYING ISLANDS (Traverse and Royal Court), THE AMERICAN PILOT (RSC), PYRENEES (Paines Plough), THE COSMONAUT’S LAST MESSAGE TO THE WOMAN HE WONCE LOVED IN THE FORMER SOVIET UNION (Donmar Warehouse and Paines Plough) and THE ARCHITECT AND EUROPE (Traverse). Adaptations include TOUCHING THE VOID (Bristol Old Vic, Royal & Derngate Northampton, Royal Lyceum), CREDITORS (Donmar Warehouse), THE BACCHAE (Edinburgh International Festival), TINTIN IN TIBET (Barbican, Playhouse and UK tour), WHEN THE BULBUL STOPPED SINGING (Traverse Theatre, - Amnesty International Award; TapWater Award and Herald Angel), CALIGULA (Donmar Warehouse) and PETER PAN (National Theatre of Scotland, Traverse and Barbican). David wrote the book for CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, which opened in the West End in 2013. Most recently his stage adaptation of TOUCHING THE VOID opened at the Bristol Old Vic in Autumn 2018 before going to Royal & Derngate, Northampton and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh.  David is currently under commission to write new plays for the Royal Court Theatre and the National Theatre of Scotland and is developing an original television series with co-creators David Harrower and John Crowley for Sister Pictures.  He became Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh in 2016.

The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart stars actors Brooks Reeves (Director for The Christians) and Becca A. Lewis in the role of Prudencia, with Music Direction by David Reiffel.

Becca A. Lewis has appeared in numerous Apollinaire productions including Three Sisters, Informed Consent, The Sonic Life of a Giant Tortoise, and Detroit.  Other recent roles include The Women Who Mapped the Stars (Central Square Theater with the Nora), Revolt. She said. Revolt again (CompanyOne- Dig Boston’s Best Performance), Splendor (CompanyOne), GRIMM (CompanyOne- IRNE Supporting Actress), Voyeurs de Venus (CompanyOne), The Big Meal (Zeitgeist Stage- Elliot Norton nomination Outstanding Actress, Ensemble), Tigers Be Still (Zeitgeist Stage- Elliot Norton nomination Outstanding Actress, Production), My Wonderful Day (Zeitgeist Stage),  A Behanding in Spokane (Theatre on Fire), Far Away, Vinegar Tom, Fen (Whistler in the Dark). Becca co-created and performs in The Pineapple Project with Queer Soup, an original piece for kids celebrating gender diversity.

David Reiffel recently created the sound scape for salt piano for our summer production of Midsummer Night’s Dream, David’s 17th show with Apollinaire. Recent national credits include Shakespeare in Love (US premiere) Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) and Cymbeline (Shakespeare & Co.). Most recently he musical directed The Cradle Will Rock at BoCo@Berklee and Man of La Mancha at New Rep, for which he received the 2018 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Direction. David designs sound and creates original music regularly at New Rep, SpeakEasy, Actors Shakespeare Project, Gloucester Stage, Stoneham/Greater Boston, Israeli Stage, and many others. He teaches Musical Theatre Songwriting at Berklee, and his musical Glory is in development at NOMTI.