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Church & State

February 14, 2019 @ 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Department of Theater at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and NewYorkRep present one of a nationwide series of staged readings of the award-winning, Off-Broadway play Church & State. 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.

UCLA TFT student Anna Mader directs student cast members Carl Ballantine, Mary Alex Daniels, Beatrice Brown and Jacob Cherry. The creative team includes sound design by Yasmine El-Tayeb and dramaturgy by Danielle Jensen, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and current UCLA TFT senior. Produced by UCLA TFT students Olivia Robertson and Emma Wenkert.

NewYorkRep is partnering with The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which is providing speakers to lead talk-backs following performances at some locations, including UCLA TFT. Speakers include Loren Lieb, board chair of Women Against Violence LA; Brady Center program manager Stephen Lindly; and Brian Malte, executive director of the Hope & Heal Fund.

Other university theaters that will also present the reading on Feb. 14 include: Indiana’s Butler University; The University of Kansas; Tulane University; Pittsburgh’s Point Park University; Miami’s New World School of the Arts; and North Carolina’s Elon University.



February 14, 2019
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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1330 Macgowan
CA United States