(Michael Paul’s article appeared in The New York Times, 9/3; via Pam Green.)

Lucas Hnath grew up in an evangelical church. His mother became a minister, and he thought he might do the same. Instead, he became a playwright, and now he’s written a knowing script about congregational tremors set off by a doctrinal dispute inside a megachurch.

But what does the author of “The Christians” believe himself? That, he’s not going to tell you.

“It’s funny — there’s a production in the U.K. right now, and almost immediately after it opened, somebody tweeted, ‘I want to know about the playwright’s relationship to Christianity,’ ” he said. “How long did it take for that to happen? Almost immediately, as if answering that question answers a question about the play. I would prefer not to give people that excuse.”


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