The Christians

Location: New Hazlett Theatre. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Company: Kinetic Theatre

Is there
a Hell?

Pastor Paul has spent 20 years successfully growing his church from a modest storefront to a gleaming megachurch, but he no longer believes in Hell, and he’s about to preach a sermon about it. He thinks all of the people in his church are going to be happy to hear what he has to say. He’s wrong…

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SELECTED REVIEWS

The theater department’s intense production plans paid off, with the front half of a bus sticking out into the middle of the stage and gridiron columns traced with vines anchoring the set. The rest of the show’s effects rely on video projections, especially in the groovy “Walking in Space.” The tribe gets high, and the stage itself turns into a magnificent lava lamp, painting the whole room in a host of trippy colors, the stage shining with orange, red and blue.

The Pitt News

As the final number “Let the Sunshine In” swells to a climax, and the overhead projections, which previously had been archival photographs or footage of napalm bombing, change to BLM protesters, consent activists, and other contemporary social issues, the immediacy of production becomes clear. “At what age did you lose your compassion?” a sign hanging in the balcony questioned. And it’s as valid now as it ever was. In the end, there are no races, no nations, no “other” to fear. There is only The Tribe.

PA Theatre Guide

All this nudging builds to the finale when the cast joins hands, singing “Let the Sun Shine In,” a symphonic flower child anthem of hope. During the song, there’s a projection of images from the present: young black men with hands up, police lights shining off their faces, as well as protesters hoisting signs that read, “REAL MEN DON’T RAPE” and “REFUGEES WELCOME, RACISTS GO HOME,” fully realizing the timelessness of “Hair.”

The Pitt News

CREDITS

Playwright

Lucas Hnath

Director

Andrew Paul

Scenic Design

Johnmichael Bohach

Costume Design

Kim Brown

Lighting Design

Alex Stevens

Sound Design

Angela Baughman

Projection Design

Joe Spinogatti for Joe Spinogatti Designs

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Projection Design

Joe Spinogatti