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Closed January 29, 2017

Great compassion and intellectual openness....this is that rare play about religion that both believers and nonbelievers can embrace.

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Why See The Christians?

The Obie-nominated Steppenwold Debut

Making his debut at the Steppenwolf, playwright Lucas Hnath, author of Red Speedo, for which he won the 2016 Obie Award, brings his multi-award nominated play The Christians to Chicago for the first time. First premiering in 2014 at Actors Theatre of Louisville's Humana Festival, this new drama follows the spiritual crisis experienced by a pastor-cum-megachurch leader, influence and faith are called into question by both himself and his followers, threatening to tear his congregation apart. Winner of the 2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, the Christians has been well received by critics and audiences alike.


From humble beginnings in a shop storefront in America's Bible Belt to a gleaming multi-million dollar megachuch empire, Pastor Paul has been leading his faithful congregation over the course of two decades. Despite his wealth and success however, Paul is feeling uneasy and finds faith instead in salvation. Preaching his new outlook to his closest confidants, he is met with shock and trepidation, which threatens to bring the church down as everybody fights to protect their interests. Will Paul's church survive his own crisis of faith?

Complimented by a full choir, audiences are transported instantly to the huge interior of a megachurch, thanks to the efforts of scenic designer Walt Spangler, with direction by Steppenwolf regular K. Todd Freeman who previously helmed Good People here in 2012.

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Opening night: 1 December 2016


Suitable for ages 15+

Run time

90 minutes without intermission

Cast and Creative


Shannon Cochran
Glenn Davis
Faith Howard
Yando Lopez
Jazelle Morriss
Mary-Margaret Roberts
Charlie Strater
Jacqueline Williams


Written by Lucas Hnath
Directed by K. Todd Freeman
Musical Direction by Jaret Landon
Scenic Design by Walt Spangler
Costume Design by Nan Cibula-Jenkins
Lighting Design by Scott Zielinski
Sound Design by Rob Milburn and Michael Bodeen
Projections Design by Joseph A. Burke
Dialect Coaching by Gigi Buffington
Stage Management by Malcolm Ewen
Assistant Stage Management by Cassie Calderone
Casting by JC Clementz
Artistic Production by Hallie Gordon

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