Church and State premieres in Oklahoma at the Lawton Community Theatre

Church and State premieres in Oklahoma at the Lawton Community Theatre
Next month will mark the Oklahoma premiere of the play Church and State. It has premiered in 25 other states so far and the author's goal is for it to reach 50 states by the year 2020.

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - The Lawton Community Theater is currently rehearsing for a play that will open to the public next month.

Church and State premieres in Oklahoma at the Lawton Community Theatre

Tickets are already on sale as of Friday. Next month will mark the Oklahoma premiere of the play Church and State. It has premiered in 25 other states so far and the author’s goal is for it to reach 50 states by the year 2020. It is a serious comedy centered around guns, religion, and politics.

Interim Managing Director of the Lawton Community Theatre, Marsha Thomas, said it’s a common sense approach to gun laws and everyone can take something away from it.

“I think the goal of the author was just to keep our thoughts of gun control in all of our minds. We see so many shootings anymore that it’s nearly become complacent, and we don’t want to be complacent, and trying to find the best type of gun laws that we can get for everyone involved," said Thomas.

Director of Church and State, Albert Rivas directed another play just last December. He said people should come out and see the show.

“There’s four phenomenal actors. Two of which have never been on stage before, a stage manager whose never staged managed before. Keith Pannell whose been on stage, most of us have been on stage together before, so to be able to direct a phenomenal cast like this is a huge blessing. They are taking the characters and making them real on stage here in Lawton, Oklahoma," said Rivas.

The Lawton Community Theater has been around for 67 years. Associate Interim Managing Director of the theater, Martha McCartney said they are happy to continue on with what they do.

“We are very proud that this is the oldest continually operating theater in Oklahoma, so we are thrilled to be a part of it, and just at about any time of the year we have two shows that are in production at any given time," said McCartney.

Church and State will premiere February 1-3rd and 7-10th. You can call the Lawton Community Theater to reserve tickets. Lawton Arts and Humanity and The Lawton Community are also working on a play called The Frog Prince for the younger audience. This will premiere Thursday, February 21st at the McMahon Memorial Auditorium.

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