Sunday, April 12, 2009

THE FAITHKILLER Production Photos

Who will stand up for justice?
Who will defend us from ourselves?
Who will you trust with the power of the Brain Drain Gun?

When an ambitious young network television producer resurrects a 1940s-era radio program and recasts its central character as an atheist superhero, conflicts over the nature of faith and the power of belief erupt across lines of family, politics, and culture.

"The Faithkiller" is a parable for an age in which old-time religion collides head-on with the New Atheism… and neither side comes away unscathed.

Taffety Punk Theatre, winner of the 1st ever John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company @ the 2008 Helen Hayes Awards, embarks on a new endeavor from playwright Gwydion Suilebhan. Directed by Artistic Director Marcus Kyd and featuring Company Member Kimberly Gilbert (both fellow Academy for Classical Acting grads like myself) , Suilebhan says that The Faithkiller is an investigation of sorts into “the difference between faith and belief.” The play’s inquiry spans history, denomination, and race, as characters grapple with thorny questions raised by the strictures and demands imposed upon them not only by Christianity, Islam, Judaism, but also by the militant, fundamentalist atheism that has appeared in recent years, most prominently in best-selling books by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.

So if you'd like to come all the info is below. And if you know MJ and Kimberly at all, you'll know you can always count on great performances from these two. Best of luck folks and BREAK A LEG!!!

WHAT: The Faithkiller

WHEN: March 30, 2009 (Opening Night) 7:30 p.m.
April 1-3, 8-10 and 15-17 (Wednesday-Friday) 7:30 p.m.
April 4, 11 and 18 (Saturday) 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
(Pay-What-You-Can Previews March 27 and 28 at 7: 30 p.m.)

WHERE: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE
Washington DC 20003

TICKETS: All tickets $10
Or call: 1-800-838-3006

Gwydion Suilebhan is the author of Abstract Nude, The Great Dismal, and The Butcher. His previous work with Taffety Punk includes the world premiere of his play Let X (2006) and contribution of a prologue to the company’s production of Cardenio Found (2007). His plays have been produced, workshopped, read, and commissioned by the Kennedy Center, National Theater, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Mead Theatre Lab, Theater of the First Amendment, Rorschach Theatre, Intentional Theatre Group, Source Theatre Festival, and the Capitol Fringe Festival. He has received two Individual Artist Fellowships and a Larry Neal Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and has twice been accepted into the Cultural Development Corporation’s Mead Theatre Lab program. He was recently named a finalist for the Washington D.C. Mayor’s Arts Award in the category of Outstanding Emerging Artist.

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