by Lucas Hnath
directed by Les Waters
set design / Dane Laffrey
costume design / Connie Furr
lighting design / Ben Stanton
sound design / Jake Rodriguez
Premiered March 6, 2014 // The Humana Festival of New American Plays
Premiered September 17, 2015 // Playwright's Horizons
Premiered December 2, 2015 // Mark Taper Forum
Photos © 2014 Bill Brymer, © 2015 Joan Marcus, ©2015 Craig Schwartz, © Dane Laffrey
"The Christians is the first important new play of the young fall season. It has been ingeniously staged by the director, Les Waters, as a stylized Sunday service. We are in a plush church somewhere in America. A giant white cross, elegantly backlit, shines from the rear wall. Beams of gleaming wood surround the glass pulpit, and digital video screens depict celestial-looking visions of clouds bathed in golden light."
-Charles Isherwood / THE NEW YORK TIMES (*Critics Pick)
"Dane Laffrey's outstanding set design, featuring gleaming wood panels, a giant cross, and large video screens on which images of nature are projected, wouldn't look out of place on the Trinity Broadcasting Network."
-Frank Scheck / THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
"Dane Laffrey's set of the interior of a megachurch is all Danish Modern wood with stylized accents: a lucite pulpit, unadorned chairs, flat screens with soothing nature images, comforting gospel music and a giant cross eerily backlit (by designer Ben Stanton) and suspended from the back wall."
-Marilyn Stasio / VARIETY
"We begin at a service at the rich but tasteful simple church (serene design by Dane Laffrey). After a live onstage choir sings, Pastor Paul, his wife, the associate pastor and a church elder take their royal blue seats."
-Linda Winer / NEWSDAY
"The Christians has been superbly staged by Les Waters on Dane Laffrey's tacky-creepy set..."
-David Cote / TIME OUT
"...the design work is state-of-the-art, especially Dane Laffrey's state-of-the-art megachurch sanctuary."
-Elyse Sommer / CURTAIN UP
"Dane Laffrey's cherry-wood sanctuary is a photographically exact rendition of the classier type of megachurch; it comes complete with projection screens for uplifting images of doves in flight and the sun peeking through the clouds..."
-David Barbour / LIGHTING AND SOUND AMERICA
"At this furnace-hot Hnath opus, thanks to Dane Laffrey's stunning version of a church interior, the entering audience immediately has the impression of wandering into a Sunday church service."
-David Finkle / THE CLYDE FITCH REPORT
*TOP 10 OF 2015, CHARLES ISHERWOOD, THE NEW YORK TIMES