PEACE DALE — Epic Theatre Company, known for bringing provocative, contemporary work to Rhode Island, sharing new perspectives on classical theater, championing Rhode Island talent, and encouraging collaboration between theater organizations in the state, will venture into South County this month.
Vince Petronio will direct Lucas Hnath's "The Christians," at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County, continuing Epic's mission to "bring engaging modern theater to all corners of the state," according to statement from Kevin Broccoli, Epic's artistic director. "The venue that will offer audiences a unique and powerful experience."
Epic has partnered with Music 'n' More at Lily Pads, which is located at the church, Broccoli said, and continues "the tradition of event theater, where each production has built-in excitement both for the audiences and the artists involved."
"Everyone at the church has been so receptive to the idea of presenting this play there," he said. "We love building these partnerships, and I believe it helps elevate theater productions to the level of an even ... which is exactly what we strive to do with all our shows."
The story of "The Christians," centers around Pastor Paul, who started a simple church decades ago, but now finds himself running a mega-church filled with thousands of faithful followers, said Broccoli.
"On the day of the church's big anniversary, Pastor Paul reveals something that will shake the core of his institution forever," Broccoli said.
"The theme of this season is Conviction," he added Broccoli. "I think this plays embodies that idea more than any other play we've worked on so far. It's a fascinating look at faith that asks really difficult questions without seeking to alienate whoever might be sitting in the audience looking for answers."
The production also features Geoff Leatham as Paul, Paula Faber as Elizabeth, Jomo Peters as Joshua, Stephanie Traversa as Jenny, and for the first time at Epic, Richard Noble as Jay. The play runs May 3, 4, 10, 11 and 17.
Tickets are $20 General Admission, $15 for Seniors, and $10 for Students with discounts for UUCSC members, and can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4224026.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro