The Christians extends at Playwrights Horizons

Playwrights Horizons has now announced a two-week extension for the New York premiere of Lucas Hnath's drama The Christians, directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, which began previews at the Playwrights Horizons' Mainstage Theater on 28 August 2015, before an official opening on 17 September. It will now play its final performance on 25 October 2015. It was originally scheduled to run through to 11 October 2015.

In addition, playwright Lucas Hnath and his play have just been selected by the National Arts Club for its prestigious $10,000 Kesselring Prize for playwriting. He was nominated by The Actors Theatre of Louisville, where the play debuted at its Humana Festival.

Synopsis: "Ten years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation’s beliefs. Backed by a live choir, 'The Christians' is both epic and unexpectedly intimate, an unflinching look at faith in America - and its power to unite or divide."

The cast includes Emily Donahoe, Andrew Garman, Philip Kerr, Larry Powell and Linda Powell. The cast is accompanied by a rotating twenty-person choir comprised of singers from all five boroughs.

The creative team behind The Christians has also been announced and features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Connie Furr, lighting design by Tony nominee Ben Stanton and sound design by Jake Rodriguez.

The Christians had its world premiere in the 2014 Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville (Louisville, KY) in March 2014.

- by Tom Millward