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Bloomsburg theater to present controversial hit

BLOOMSBURG — Although many will argue about the merits on the separation of church and state, relatively few will debate the separation of church and theatre fare.

But the acclaimed professional theater group Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble tackled some thorny questions on morality and spirituality with its 2022 attractions.

Focusing upon Martin Luther King’s last night on earth, the advocate of non-violence preached from “The Mountaintop.”

Then as a “wicked retelling of the Witch of Edmonton,” BTE’s Elizabeth Dowd was accused of doing devilish things as the outcast in “The Witch.”

Now the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is readying the drama “The Christians,” directed by Eric Wunsch

Lucas Hnath’s provocative play about a pastor’s crisis of conscience has 7:30 p.m. performances today through Saturday and June 9 through 11, with 3 p.m. matinees on June 5 and June 12 at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 225 Center St., downtown Bloomsburg.

With Tony-nominated productions to his credit, playwright Hnath has been called “… one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the last five years.”

Billed as an “unflinching look at faith in America” and by its power to unite or divide, “The Christians” features BTE’s newest member (and Lycoming County resident) Aaron White as the charismatic Pastor Paul.

It is his divisive sermon to the congregants of a newly renovated mega church that raises deep-seated questions about behavior and belief in America.

The BTE cast also includes Amy Rene Byrne, Elizabeth Dowd, Daniel Roth, Dante Green and Dominic Santos.

Due to the play’s topic, “The Christians” is rated MA, for mature audiences

For tickets, visit the box office anytime from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or one hour prior to each showing, call 570-784-8181 or visit boxoffce@bte.org

Bloomsburg University students can apply for a discounted ticket rate.

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