Friday, February 15, 2019

Alliance Repertory Theatre Company presents “Church & State” by Jason Odell Williams opening March 8th

Summit, NJ – In the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh three days before his bid for reelection, a Republican senator (Brett LaRosa) makes an off-the-cuff comment that gets leaked.  The comment calls into question the senator’s stance on guns and God, and sends his devoutly Christian wife (Leslie Williams) and liberal Jewish campaign manager (Candy Fox) scrambling to contain the damage. “Church & State” tackles the issues of religion in politics, gun control and being true to oneself in a simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting way. Directed by Gordon Wiener, the cast is rounded out by Kyle Walton playing multiple roles.

“Anyone who sees “Church & State” is sure to be entertained, potentially moved and, hopefully, prodded into seriously considering how the ‘other side’ sees things,” says Wiener.

What critics have to say about the play:
“Crackling, resonant, humorous. I wish every member of Congress would see it!” - NPR
“PLENTY OF HUMOR - Jason Odell Williams presents his argument so entertainingly, few would object to going along for the ride.” - Time Out NY
“The moral struggle that follows fuels a sophisticated dialectic that presents both sides of the gun debate…. It’s surprisingly subtle and gripping entertainment. Simply superb!”  – Los Angeles Times  
“Church & State” runs March 8th thru the 23rd. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Thursday, March 21st at 8pm, and Sunday, March 10th at 3pm. For reservations, email us at or visit  Up next, “Circle Mirror Transformation” by Annie Baker May 2019.

MONDO is located at 426 Springfield Avenue in Summit.  To learn more about Alliance Repertory Theatre Company and the 2018-2019 twentieth anniversary season, visit our website.

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