UCLA TFT to commemorate the Parkland Shooting with staged reading of the play “Church & State”

UCLA TFT to commemorate the Parkland Shooting with staged reading of the play “Church & State”

Gun Rights

“Church & State” explores how religion, guns and social media influence our political system. To commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the UCLA Department of Theater and NewYorkRep will present one of a nationwide series of staged readings of the award-winning, off-Broadway play “Church & State” Thursday, Feb. 14 at 5:30 p.m. Written by Jason Odell Williams, “Church & State” tells the story of a gun-loving senator running for re-election. He examines his position on the Second Amendment following a shooting at his children’s school. The play explores how religion, guns and social media influence our political system. Tickets are complimentary and will be available at the venue prior to the reading. The performance will be held in the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s 1330 Macgowan Hall. UCLA TFT student Anna Mader directs student cast members Carl Ballantine, Mary Alex Daniels, Beatrice Brown and Jacob Cherry. The creative team includes sound design by Yasmine El-Tayeb and dramaturgy by Danielle Jensen, a graduate of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The show is produced by UCLA TFT students Olivia Robertson and Emma Wenkert. NewYorkRep is partnering with The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence , which is providing speakers to lead talk-backs following performances at some locations, including at UCLA. NewYorkRep Artistic Director Markus Potter noted, “I was proud to direct the off-Broadway production of ‘Church & State,’ and now honored to partner with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun […]

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