Here’s what playwright Young Jean Lee’s website has to say about her play Church
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Playwright and director Young Jean Lee transforms her life-long struggle with Christianity into an exuberant church service designed to test the expectations of the religious and non-religious alike. Using music, dancing, and preaching, four liberal Evangelical Christian ministers with a taste for the surreal offer God as a solution to the hollowness of contemporary life.
“[Young Jean Lee’s] slyly subversive drama [CHURCH] ambushes its audience with an earnest and surprisingly moving Christian church service that might be the most unlikely provocation produced in years.” – The New York Times
Acacia and I saw Young Jean Lee’s own production of the show in January 2008, and the Public Theatre as part of the NYC Under the Radar Festival. Interestingly, the premiere of the show, at PS122, was supported in part by our very own Wexner Center for the arts.