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'Church and State' performance speaks to the heart

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Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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CHRISTOPHER ROSS AND Victoria Luksch rehearse a scene from Church & State. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

Did you know that one of our own (Addy Indy reporter Christopher Ross) is starring in the upcoming performance Church & State? He will be joined on stage by Valerie Smith-Hastings, Kerianne Severy and Victoria Luksch. Leigh Guptill is directing this Company Be production.

That’s some serious Addison County talent for ya!

The play by Jason Odell Williams will be performed at the Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse Aug. 16 and 17, 8 p.m. and Aug. 19, 2 p.m. There will also be a show on Saturday, Aug. 18 at Holley Hall in Bristol. Pay $10 cash at the door.

About the play

Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, N.C., a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator's stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.

Playwright’s note

“On paper, the topics of this play (religion, guns and politics) seem heavy. But a heavy drama about heavy topics doesn't interest me. What interests me is a play that gets to the heart of the people around these issues. And when you write about people, you can't help but let them be funny and sad and honest, heartbreaking and uplifting all at the same time. Because isn't that what being human is? … To me, comedy and tragedy are not two ends of a single line, but two points right next to each other on the same circle… I hope this play speaks to your heart. Because, for me, that's the only reason to write anything: to speak to each other's hearts.”

— Jason Odell Williams, June 2016

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