2017 Tony-Nominated playwright in rotating repertory with Tartuffe

The Christians

By Lucas Hnath Directed by Preston Lane

a big-little play about faith in America


Certainty and doubt come to a head as Pastor Paul's stunning revelation just may turn his congregation of thousands back into a congregation of one. This compassionate nuanced look at faith in America asks: How much are you willing to give up for your beliefs? Featuring a live choir at every performance, The Christians is an intimate look at the moments that define who we are and what we believe.


We recommend this show for ages 12 and older.

Run Time

100 minutes. There will be no intermission.

“a harrowing dig through our hearts”

Christianity Today

“truly gripping and wholly unexpected”

Chicago Tribune

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Many thanks to our co-producers!


Review: Double bill of contemporary play and Moliere’s ‘Tartuffe’ makes surprising sense together
by Roy C. Dicks
The News & Observer
February 16, 2018

A Weighty Main Course and a Fluffy Dessert Compose a Two-Pronged Treatise on Christianity, The Christians and Tartuffe
by Byron Woods
February 14, 2018

The Christians Fearlessly Tackles the Toughest of Faith-Based Questions
By Susie Potter
Triangle Arts and Entertainment
February 13, 2018

Lucas Hnath’s 90-Minute Play, The Christians, Raises Some Serious Theological Questions at PlayMakers Repertory Company
By Yvette L. Holder and Kurt Benrud
Triangle Arts and Entertainment
February 13, 2018

PlayMakers Rep Will Present The Christians, a Provocative New Play by Lucas Hnath
by Robert W. McDowell
Triangle Arts & Entertainment
February 1, 2018


Best bets on stage this month features Broadway and classics
By Roy C. Dix
Triangle Today
January 28, 2018

Christians Argue about Faith in the Steppenwolf Church
by Chris Jones
Chicago Tribune
December 12, 2016


Church Splits Are Hell. This Play About One Isn’t.
by Alissa Wilkinson
Christianity Today
September 25, 2015

Review: In ‘The Christians,’ a Schism Over Fire and Brimstone
by Charles Isherwood
New York Times
September 17, 2015