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Storefront Church

Storefront Church
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: John Patrick Shanley
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 60
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 0822227649
ISBN-13: 9780822227649
Cast Size: 1 female, 5 male

About the Play:

Storefront Church is a full-length drama by John Patrick Shanley. The story concerns a Bronx borough President who is forced, by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister. The question they confront is one that faces us all. What is the relationship between spiritual experience and social action?

Storefront Church explores an evolving conflict among a Bronx borough President, a mortgage loan officer, a couple losing their home, and a preacher who opens a storefront church. To survive the characters must make less than exemplary moral choices. Blending earthy humour and philosophical reflection, this morality tale explores the relationship between spiritual experience and social action. This ambitious and affecting drama by Academy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley is the final instalment of his Church and State trilogy, beginning with the award-winning Doubt and Defiance.

Storefront Church (formerly titled Sleeping Demon) premiered in 2012 at the Linda Gross Theater off-Broadway in New York City. Its L.A. area premiere was in 2013 at NoHo Arts Center in North Hollywood.

Cast: 1 female, 5 male

What people say:

"[An] affecting new play about a handful of Bronx dwellers whose lives become tangled in unexpected ways when a mortgage goes sour… Mr. Shanley's intense engagement with questions of religion and ethics, and how they shape the way people with different perspectives interact, remains distinctive and invigorating… some of Mr. Shanley's sharpest comic writing in years." — The New York Times

"John Patrick Shanley has the gift, always rare among playwrights, of writing scenes that convey both shape and spontaneity… [Storefront Church is] a portrait of our puzzling time, when one's beliefs and one’s sense of self must live under constant pressure from forces not wholly seen and not yet fully arrived." — Village Voice

"There's a deeper philosophical vein that the author mines, allowing his language to acquire the heft and timbre of a serious moral debate.... We taste bitterness, but also much that is sweet." — Time Out New York

About the Playwright:

John Patrick Shanley is an American playwright, screenwriter, and director. Shanley has written some two dozen off-Broadway plays since the 1970s, but he is best known for Doubt, which won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award. He has also written extensively for TV and film, and his credits include the teleplay for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for Five Corners and Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for original screenplay.

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