University Theatre

Church and State will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall, 1615 State St.

Comedy addresses guns, God and politics

The UWL Theatre Arts Department will stage “Church and State,” a timely new play about politics, faith and the power of social media. The “serious comedy” by Jason Odell Williams is a witty, thought-provoking look at the politics of religion and gun control, and the danger and power in telling the unfiltered truth.

Church and State will run at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 in Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall, 1615 State St. A post-show discussion will be held immediately following the Friday, Nov. 1, performance.

Three days before his bid for re-election, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on Twitter, calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and liberal Jewish campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking and uplifting.

Tickets are available online at www.uwlax.edu/theatre-arts. In-person/phone ticket sales begin at 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28. Box office hours are 1-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour before each show. Tickets are $6 for UWL students, $16 for other students and senior citizens, and $18 for others. For tickets call 608.785.6696. Seating is general admission.

If you go:
Who: UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 31-Nov. 2 and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3
What: “Church and State” by Jason Odell Williams
Where: Frederick Theatre, Morris Hall, 1615 State St.

General admission tickets: $6 for UWL students, $16 for other students and senior citizens, and $18 for others. For tickets call 608.785.6696.

Cast: Lex Violette, Violet Englebert, Gabe Burdette, Mike Meyers
Production team: Mary Leonard (Director), Sydney Smith (Stage Manager), Joe Anderson (Costume Designer), Ben Golden (Scenic & Lighting Designer), Megan Morey (Sound Designer), Katie Link (Technical Director), Renata Orth (Projection/Video Designer)