NewYorkRep & The Brady Center present CHUCH & STATE throughout the US to commemorate the Parkland shooting
Posted by: Official_Press_Release 05:22 pm EST 02/05/19

NewYorkRep partners with The Brady Center to Present
A national series of staged readings on the anniversary of the Parkland shooting

An Award-winning Play
About Gun Safety

Thursday, February 14


"Church and State makes its well deserved journey across country. A powerful, often humorous, and highly contemporary piece. The play has several surprises, four fascinating characters, and so many lines that resonate."
- HuffPo

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Parkland shooting, NewYorkRep will present a nation-wide series of staged readings of the award-winning, Off-Broadway play, CHURCH & STATE on February 14 at seven universities throughout the US.

Written by Jason Odell Williams, CHURCH & STATE tells the story of a gun-loving senator running for re-election. He examines his position on the second amendment following a shooting at his children's school. The play explores how religion, guns and social media influence our political system.

University theaters that will present the reading on February 14 include:
- Butler University in Indiana.
- University of Kansas.
- Tulane University
- Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
- New World School of The Arts in Miami.
- Elon University in North Carolina. A former Stoneman Douglas High School student who survived the shooting is a Freshman at Elon and will be the Assistant Director of Elon performance.

NewYorkRep is partnering with The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence (bradycampaign.org/bradycenter), which is providing speakers to lead talk-backs following each performance.

Markus Potter, NewYorkRep's Artistic Director noted, "I was proud to direct the off-Broadway production of Church & State, and now honored to partner with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to use the message of the play to stand in solidarity with the Parkland community, to deliver a unified message to the country that we reject blood-soaked apathy and demand common sense gun safety legislation."

"Having helped produce this important play in New York and then watch continued gun massacres occur, it seemed important to take it off the shelf and carry the message across the country," said Gayle Waxenberg, Executive Director of NewYorkRep.

"Church and State starts a much needed dialogue about gun violence prevention. Using humor we can dive into a tough topic and have meaningful conversations. With a gun violence prevention congress now in the House it is exciting that we can move from thoughts and prayers to action. We're excited to help facilitate this dialogue," said Kyleanne Hunter, Vice President of Programs, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

NewYorkRep's mission is to produce new plays and musicals that inspire and compel social change by telling stories that expose the travesty and beauty of our humanity. By illuminating social and ethical questions through art, we strive to create provocative theater that promotes empathy, compassion, and inclusion.

The mission of The Brady Center and its many local chapters is to create a safer America by ending America's gun violence epidemic.

Ticket information, talkback details and other details will follow.

"On stage after stage lately, playwrights have been confronting such fears about gun violence, adding their works to a genre that has blossomed like a furious bruise in recent years. Together they tell a story that demands our willingness to listen, and to listen again."
- The New York Times


Tickets are complimentary and will be available at each venue prior to the reading.
School of Theater, Film and Television
Theater 1330 Macgowan Hall
245 Charles E Young Dr E
Los Angeles, CA

Butler University
Lilly Hall
4600 Sunset Ave
Indianapolis, IN

New World School of the Arts
25 N.E. 2nd Street, Room 5902
Miami, Fl
4:30PM and 7:30PM

University of Kansas
William Inge Theatre
1530 Naismith Dr.
Lawrence, KS

Elon University
Yeager Recital Hall Center for the Arts
485 N. Williamson Ave.
Elon, NC

Point Park University
Ballroom, Lawrence Hall
201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Tulane University
The Lab Theatre
104 McWilliams Hall
New Orleans, LA

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