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Church & State, the Play


Date : February 3, 2018 -
Time : 7:00pm
Location : MJC - Performing and Media Arts Center, East Campu
Address : 435 College Ave.
Modesto, CA 95350
Description : Tickets
$11 General
$9 Students/Seniors

The play runs approximate 80 minutes.

A post-show discussion will take place after the February 2nd performance.

Church & State, written by Jason Odell Williams, is a timely play about faith, politics, and the power of social media. This dramedy is a witty, thought-provoking look at the politics of religion and gun control, and the danger and power in telling the unfiltered truth.

Set three days before Election Day, incumbent U. S. Republican Senator Charles Whitmore up for re-election in North Carolina. Polls put him in a dead heat with his opponent until an indiscrete remark to a blogger on guns and God suddenly puts him in a risky political situation.

Williams states in an author’s note of June 2016, that the idea for the play began with the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, followed by the shooting of U. S. Representative Gabby Giffords and 18 others in 2011, which was followed by a barrage of other mass shootings. He dedicated Church & State to the Virginia Tech, Tucson and Newtown tragedies.

The play begins just after a school shooting in Raleigh, the hometown of Senator Whitmore, a tragedy that traumatized the community and the Senator, who visited the school site immediately after the shooting. Though his TV ads still promoted him as a protector of Americans' Second Amendment Rights, he now has doubts about his stance on guns— and experiences a crisis of faith.

“I hope this play raises questions, sparks debate, makes people laugh and cry,” states Jim Johnson, production director and actor playing Senator Whitmore. “And of course, I hope it moves people in some way. Perhaps enough to take action with their voice and vote, and bump the needle ever so slightly in the conversation about gun violence.”

Tickets are $11 general admission and $9 for students and seniors, and are available online at and at the MJC Box Office, open Tuesday through Friday, 12 noon to 5 p.m., or by phoning (209) 575-6776 during these hours. Tickets are also available at the door beginning 90 minutes prior to show time.
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