THEATER: “Church & State” Opens at Unicorn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]
Berkshire Theatre Group presents Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams’ provocative and humorous Church & State. Directed by Charlotte Cohn (founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival and Mainstreet Musicals), Church & State features Judy Jerome (Two By Tennessee) as Sara Whitmore; Keira Naughton (The Rivals; BTG: I Saw My Neighbor on the Train and I Didn’t Even Smile) as Alex Klein; Graham Rowat (Meteor Shower; BTG: Arsenic and Old Lace) as Senator Charles Whitmore; and Andy Talen (The Tempest) as Tom/Marshall/Reporter/Security Guy. Performances begin Thursday (June 14) for a limited run through Saturday, June 30, at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. Opening night is at 8pm Saturday (June 16).
Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR, Church & State is a fast-paced and witty look at the life of a politician, whose belief system gets shaken to the core… three days before his bid for re-election. Church & State will have you talking, and Tweeting, long after the curtain closes. Church & State is sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig; Furlano and Arace, PC, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation.
Church & State premiered in Los Angeles in 2016 and received three Ovation Award nominations, including Best Playwriting for an Original Play and Best Production. For its Off-Broadway premiere in 2017, it received an Off-Broadway Alliance Award nomination for Best Play.