“Emotionally raw dispatches from an angry mind”
– David Cote, Time Out New York

“Gutsy – taboo-busting”
– New York Magazine

“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee transforms her life-long struggle with Christianity into an exuberant church service. This is a church of celebration, designed to test the expectations of religious and non-religious alike. Come to CHURCH – an uplifting, joyous and inspirational event that may be Lee’s most miraculous – or devious – experiment to date.

Performed by Greg Hildreth, Karinne Keithley, Weena Pauly, and Katie Workum

Set by Eric Dyer, Lights by Mark Barton, Sound by Matthew Tierney, Costumes by Normandy Sherwood, Choreography by Faye Driscoll, Production Stage Management by Sam Seymour

CHURCH is co-produced by the Vienna Festival 2008, Wexner Center for the
Arts at The Ohio State University, and Performance Space 122. Additional
co-producer BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange. CHURCH is a National Performance
Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Walker Art Center, in
partnership with The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival/Philly Fringe, and
the National Performance Network. NPN and the NPN Creation Fund is
sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation,
Nathan Cummings Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the
Arts (a federal agency). For more information:

This project is supported by Jerome Foundation.

For more on Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, visit

Photo by James M. Lee

Approximate Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Click to read “Faith Confronted, and Defended, Downtown” an interview with director Young Jean Lee and Lear deBessonet in The New York Times

World Premiere
Opens Thursday, April 26th with reception
April 26 – May 12, 2007
$20, $15 Student/Senior

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