New play opens on Marion Art Center stage

Oct 21, 2022

MARION – The Marion Art Center has announced its upcoming production of Church & State.

The play is written by Jason Odell Williams and directed by Donn Tyler, on stage at the Anne Braitmayer Webb (MAC) Theater.

The cast includes Garrett Olson, Jennie Williamson, Susan Sullivan, Oliver Asker, and Pippa Asker, with Maura Van Voris as assistant director and Anita Allison as sound and lighting technician.

Three days before his bid for reelection, in the wake of a school shooting in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, a Republican U.S. senator makes an off-the-cuff comment to a blogger that gets leaked on “the Twitter,” calling into question the senator’s stance on guns and God. As his devoutly Christian wife and his liberal campaign manager try to contain the damage, this look at how religion influences politics and how politics has become a religion is simultaneously funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting.

Performances are scheduled November 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13. Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at $18 for MAC members and $20 for nonmembers at

Contact the MAC with questions at or 508-748-1266.