THE CHRISTIANS   Dates & Times:
Written by: Lucas Hnath   Friday, January 25th at 8:00pm  
Directed by Charley Shafor   Saturday, January 26th at 8:00pm  
       
About the Show:   Ticket Price: to be announced  
Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul's church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church's belief. A big-little play about faith in America - and the trouble with changing your mind.   All seats reserved.  
  Advance purchase recommended.  
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“The Christians is a serious play, with serious craft and serious aspirations. It doesn’t have a “message” or a point of view on salvation to proclaim. It’s a harrowing dig trough our hearts, a play about our deepest and, often, most noble desires and motivations and yearnings – it just also happens to take place in a place many Americans frequent each week and believe in deeply. One can only hope there is a lot more of this to come.”  - Alissa Wilkerson Chief film critic – Christianity Today Professor of English & humanities Kings College   THIS EVENT TAKES PLACE AT:  
  First United Methodist Church  
  120 S. Broad St. Middletown, Ohio 45042  
     
     
     
     
 
 
     
     
   
A Message from First United Methodist Church:      
  “Aside from the fact that both First United Methodist and the church represented in this drama have video screens in the sanctuary, we’re fairly dissimilar. The roles of pastors are different, and the disagreement that ignites the play’s central conflict is not one that tends to divide my congregation. Yet those who see ‘The Christians,’ regardless of religious affiliation, might very well find themselves drawn to a deeper consideration of their own belief systems, as well as their ways of dealing with disagreements. They might gain insight into how their neighbors think and act. This kind of wisdom is something we all need from time to time … and of course it’s also one of the goals of good theater. So in an attempt to support the arts here in Middletown we have agreed to host the Lyric Theater, lending both our sanctuary and the large screens necessary for the production. I want to emphasize this is not an evangelistic effort on our part, not an attempt to grow our church, nor a critique of any other kind of church. In fact, I believe the playwright strives to present all sides with fairness and compassion – but you’ll have to decide that for yourself. There will be opportunities for small group discussion following the show that could be both fun and enlightening. I hope you’ll come.” 
- Rev. John Wagner, senior pastor - First United Methodist Church of Middletown