Church & State
Modesto Junior College’s Arts, Humanities and Communications Division is staging Church & State on January 25-27 and February 2-3 at 7 p.m. and February 4 at 2 p.m. in Room 222 of the Performing and Media Arts Center on East Campus, 435 College Avenue, Modesto. 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 is 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. 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.