By Lucas Hnath • Directed by Joel Ferrell
Pastor Paul’s church wasn’t always this big. In twenty short years, it had grown from a small, mom-and-pop operation into a full-blown mega-church with thousands of members, a coffee shop and a parking lot so big you could get lost in it. But today, Pastor Paul has a new message for his devoted flock—one that will turn the entire congregation on its head. You’ll recognize the hymnals, the live choir and the preacher at the pulpit. But you’ve never heard a sermon quite like this before. For believers and non-believers alike The Christians is a “terrific play about the mystery of faith, and how religion can tear people apart just as it can bring them together” (The New York Times). Dramatic show, meant to provoke conversation.
Top: Chamblee Ferguson. Photo: Karen Almond.
The Christians choir
Fran Anderson, Didi Archilla, Alex Ash, Sheila Baker, Charles Battista, Susan M. Baxley, Allison Becker, Ruth Bennett, A.G. Black, Douglas Blake, Morgan Borer, Deborah Bryant, Jacque Conroe, Sandy Cook, Judy Craig, Daniela DiBenedetto, Benjamin Doan-Stevens, Karen Elmore, Marisu Fenton, Dorothy Fischer, Jamison Michael Green, Rick Halasz, John Harling, Sharon A. Harris, Regina Hunt, Steven Joiner, Stu Kirgis, Wendy Larmour, Kriss Liston, Nora Loyd, Di McPherson, Barbara Moore, Crystal Morgan, Jane Nearing, Willene Owens, Sandra Parker, Donna Peterson, Dale Philips, Margy Philips, Laura Pool, Patsy Pool, Amy Diane Powell, Rebekah Prim, Kelly Proctor, Rosalind Reece, Helen Dewey Reikofski, Judith M. Rinehart, Robin Rose, Sally Shaw, Bill St. John, Christian Stevens, Vicki Stevens, Samuel Stiles, Jolie Stratton, Sheryl Sullivan, Dana Harlow Taylor, Sara Taylor, Jeanne Teblum, Annetta Gwen Templeton, Terry Thompkins, Cheryl VanVolkinburg, Elizabeth Simons Varhaug, Donna Vickers, Karen Wiese, Georgianne Williams, Angela Wilson, Nancy Zimmermann
Choir members as of January 16, 2017
TDF Sponsored Open Captioned Performance
Sunday, February 12, 2:00p
Once again the DTC has taken an incredible piece of contemporary writing and knocked it out of the park. Like 'Gloria' the subject matter is a timely as it gets and proves far more real and relevant than any 'reality' tv. This time tackling religion and faith, it shows that 50 shades of gray can apply to more than activity in the bedroom. The production team have given Dallas a show that will resonate in hearts and minds for years. As they have often done under the direction of Kevin and Joel, DTC has opened it's doors to the community and made it an active part of this theater experience.
Thursday night was a first-rate performance of a gripping new play. Kudos to DTC for mounting such a thought-provoking piece that examines in such a serious manner how one deals with contrasting views and opinions of our day. Beautifully done! (We renewed our season subscription after the performance!)