The Christians by Lucas Hnath

by Lucas Hnath

Directed by K. Michael Moore

September 20 (Friday) at 7:30 PM
September 21 (Saturday) at 7:30 PM
September 22 (Sunday) at 2:00 PM

Rehearsals will begin in late July. A typical City Circle rehearsal schedule is Sunday through Thursday evenings from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Actors will only be called as necessary.

May 19 (Sunday) from 7 PM to 10 PM
May 20 (Monday)  from 7 PM to 10 PM.

May 21 (Tuesday) at 7 PM

2nd Floor Theatre Office
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, 1301 5th St in Coralville

You will be asked to do  a cold reading from the script. A modern, dramatic monologue is encouraged but not required.

Fill out an Audition Form to secure an audition appointment.

Walk-ins are always welcome, but those with appointments will take priority. Once you fill out an Audition Form our producer, Liz Tracey, will contact you with your appointment time. If you submit a form and don’t hear back from us within 24 hours, please email

Elder Jay: Male, 50-79
Collegial, a long-time friend of Paul’s; the diplomat, trying his best to make all parties happy.

Pastor Paul: 40-49
Pastor of a very big church; professorial in demeanor, definitely does not have the stereotypical televangelist vibe.

Associate Pastor Joshua: 26-34
Younger than Pastor Paul; a bit green, but definitely charismatic and very earnest.

Elizabeth: 40-49
Pastor Paul’s wife; an important leader of the church; resolute and actually quite angry at Paul; she holds her cards close to her chest until she doesn’t.

Congregant Jenny: 30-39
Single mother; whip-smart and honest; has a lot of questions for Paul and the direction he’s taking the church.

All casting is racially open. Ages indicated should be used as a guideline and are more dependent on the ensemble as a whole. City Circle does not discriminate against persons with disabilities and will cast where appropriate to the text.

Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul’s church was nothing more than a modest storefront. Now he presides over a congregation of thousands, with classrooms for Sunday School, a coffee shop in the lobby, and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration. But Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundations of his church’s belief. A big-little play about faith in America – and the trouble with changing your mind.

Lucas Hnath, is an exciting new American playwright, taking the theatre world by storm with his fresh approach to creating drama onstage. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011. He won the 2016 Obie Award for excellence in playwriting for his plays Red Speedo and The Christians. He won a Whiting Award. He is a two-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant for his feature-length screenplays. Hnath received both his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing and is a lecturer in NYU’s Expository Writing Program.