Church & State 06/08–07/01Buy Tickets
DETROIT—Matrix Theatre Company closes its 2017 – 2018 mainstage season with the political drama, Church & State, opening June 8 and running through July 1. The production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $22 for adults and $17 for students, seniors, veterans, and active military personnel, and may be purchased in advance or, if available, at the door. Group rates are also available. For further information or to purchase tickets, visit www.matrixtheatre.org or call (313) 967-0599. The final dress rehearsal on Thursday, June 7 is a “Pay What You Can” performance. To help eliminate the barrier between audiences and live theatre, patrons can choose to pay whatever amount they want at the door to see the preview show of Church & State. Tickets will be available at the door that evening and can be purchased in advance by calling the box office at 313-967-0599. Doors open at 7:30 pm for the 8:00 pm performance.
Three days before his bid for re-election, and in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question his stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal, Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics – and vice versa – is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.
Written by Jason Odell Williams, the play features Sean Paraventi (Redford) as Senator Charles Whitmore (R-NC); Sonja Marquis (Brighton) as Sara Whitmore; Kaitlyn Valor Bourque (River Rouge) as Alex Klein; and Shane O’Connor (Hazel Park) as Tom/Marshall. The production team includes Lisa Hodge Kander (Holly), Sarah Drum (Westland), Alan Devlin (Dearborn), Anne Suchyta (Dearborn), Neil Koivu (Ferndale), and Amy Schneider (Sterling Heights).