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Lucas Hnath Brings The Christians from the Church to the Stage

Lucas Hnath | Photo: Richard Perry, New York Times

The Christians, directed by Taibi Magar, will play June 28-July 14 at Bratton Theater, as part of Chautauqua Theater Company’s 2019 season. Tickets are available here.

In The Christians, playwright Lucas Hnath draws from personal experience and stories about embattled religious leaders to craft a portrait of a church community contending with a doctrinal crisis. In 2015, Hnath spoke to Steve Cosson, Artistic Director of the Civilians, an Off-Broadway theater company, about mining religion for performance and ensuring that the finished product eschews satire. What follows is a shortened version of that interview, which was published on the Civilians website.

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Let the Music Move You!


Music takes center stage for the first time this year at CTC. Our two mainstage shows and our traveling Shakespeare all feature live music and we are developing our first musical New Play Workshop!

  • We are thrilled to partner with the Chautauqua Choir, who will join us on stage singing heavenly hymns in Lucas Hnath’s The Christians inspiring us to feel the spirit.
  • In One Man, Two Guvnors our very own Beatles-inspired band will keep your toes tapping and the laughs coming as musical hijinks add to the farcical fun.
  • The haunting folk harmonies of our fairy trio will draw you into the magic of love in our outdoor touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream; which you can see throughout the summer in Bestor Plaza or in one of our three touring locations in Jamestown, Mayville or Southern Tier Brewery.
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