Church & State

by Jason Odell Williams
directed by Charlotte Cohn
featuring Judy Jerome, Keira Naughton, Graham Rowat and Andy Talen 

at The Unicorn Theatre
The Larry Vaber Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 

Previews: Thursday, June 14 at 7pm and Friday, June 15 at 8pm
Press Opening/Opening Night: Saturday, June 16 at 8pm
A talkback is part of every performance with the exception of preview performances 6/14, 6/15 and 6/16 at 2pm).
Closing: Saturday, June 30 at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $47
Tickets: $56
Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig; Furlano and Arace, PC, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Shubert Foundation

Hailed as “crackling, resonant, humorous” by NPR and written by Emmy Award-nominated Jason Odell Williams (Brain Games), Church & State is a provocative, fast-paced and witty look at the life of a politician, whose belief system gets shaken to the core…three days before his bid for re-election. Directed by Charlotte Cohn (founding producer of the New York Music Theatre Festival and Mainstreet Musicals), Church & State will have you talking and Tweeting long after the curtain closes.

The acclaimed play, which first premiered off-Broadway in 2017, received three Ovation Award nominations, including Best Playwriting for an Original Play and Best Production.

A talkback is part of every performance (with the exception of preview performances on 6/14 at 7pm, 6/15 at 8pm and 6/16 at 2pm). Names and dates of guest speakers are subject to change without notice. Special talkback guests are as follows:

6/14 7pm No Talkback
6/15 8pm No Talkback
6/16 2pm No Talkback

6/16 8pm Charlotte Cohn (Church & State director) and Jason Odell Williams (Church & State playwright)

6/18 7pm Laurie Norton Moffatt (Director and CEO of Norman Rockwell Museum)

6/19 7pm Senator Adam G. Hinds (State Senator)

6/20 2pm Dr. Alan Chartock (WAMC President/CEO)

6/20 7pm Jennifer Goewey and Tess Lane (Elizabeth Freeman Center representatives)

6/21 7pm Jodi Faith Sherman (Parkland's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Alumna) and Charlotte Cohn (Church & State director)

6/22 8pm Philip R. McKnight (Constitutional Law Professor; B.A., Williams College, J.D., University of Chicago Law School)

6/23 2pm Anne Thalheimer (Everytown Survivor Fellow)

6/23 8pm Malcolm Nance (Author, Counterterrorism and Weapons expert, WAMC and MSNBC contributor) and Joe Donahue (WAMC Senior Director of News and Programming)

6/25 7pm Mark Barden (Sandy Hook Promise), his daughter, Natalie Barden and Greg Gibson (Author of Gone Boy; Representative of Everytown for Gun Safety and Antiquarian book seller)

6/26 7pm Greg Gibson (Author of Gone Boy; Representative of Everytown for Gun Safety and Antiquarian book seller)

6/27 2pm Chris Haley (Director of MA Department of Mental Health)

6/27 7pm Representative William Smitty Pignatelli (MA State House Representative)

6/28 7pm Josh Horwitz (Executive Director of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence)

6/29 8pm Jane Tillman (Evelyn Stefansson Nef Director of the Erikson Institute for Education and Research of the Austen Riggs Center)

6/30 2pm Charlotte Cohn (Church & State director), Jason Odell Williams (Church & State playwright) and Paul Friedman (Executive Director of Virginia Tech Victims Family Outreach Foundation)

6/30 8pm Dr. Andrew Gerber (Director of Austen Riggs Center)


Judy Jerome as Sara Whitmore
Keira Naughton as Alex Klein
Graham Rowat as Senator Charles Whitmore
Andy Talen as Tom/Marshall/Reporter/Security Guy

Performance Dates

  • Thursday, June 14 at 7pm (Preview) No Talkback
  • Friday, June 15 at 8pm (Preview) No Talkback
  • Saturday, June 16 at 2pm No Talkback
  • Saturday, June 16 at 8pm (Opening/Press Night)
  • Monday, June 18 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, June 19 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, June 20 at 2pm
  • Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm
  • Thursday, June 21 at 7pm
  • Friday, June 22 at 8pm
  • Saturday, June 23 at 2pm
  • Saturday, June 23 at 8pm
  • Monday, June 25 at 7pm
  • Tuesday, June 26 at 7pm
  • Wednesday, June 27 at 2pm
  • Wednesday, June 27 at 7pm
  • Thursday, June 28 at 7pm
  • Friday, June 29 at 8pm
  • Saturday, June 30 at 2pm
  • Saturday, June 30 at 8pm (Closing)