Post-Show Discussion-Advocating for Women in Theatre

Join us for a very special post-show discussion following the 8pm performance of The God Game on Saturday night. Our topic of discussion will be "Advocating for Women in Theatre." 

Panel guests will include:

  • Michelle Wells , Owner and Artistic Director of Sonorous Road Productions
  • Courtney Christison, Actress and lead in The God Game
  • Avis Hatcher-Puzz0, Theatre Director and Associate Professor of Dance at Fayetteville State University
  •  Rowen Haigh Mahoney, Director of Year-Round Programming for the Women's Theatre Festival

No RSVP or ticket is required to attend the discussion; it is free and open to the public.

Actor Spotlight on Courtney Christison

In ten words or less, what is The God Game about?

Navigating religion within politics & marriage in life.

Courtney Christison plays Lisa in The God Game at Sonorous Road Productions opening February 3rd. 

Courtney Christison plays Lisa in The God Game at Sonorous Road Productions opening February 3rd. 

Tell us about your character.

Lisa is a beautiful example of a well written female character. She's anything but one dimensional. She's devout, conservative, liberal, compassionate, sexy, fun, serious, loving, and fiercely loyal.

What other productions in the Triangle have you been in that our audiences may have seen?

My most recent triangle credits include the Doctor's Wife in TIP's A Christmas Carol, Grotilde in the WTF's Thunderbodies, Lucetta in Bare Theatre's Two Gentlemen of Verona and Hannah in Cary Player's Crossing Delancey.

What has been your favorite part of working on this production?

Navigating and delving into these three character's lives has been fascinating and quite the rewarding challenge. Trying to pinpoint why they react in certain ways, how the past is coloring their present life and hashing out their personal relationship with each other has been wonderful! 

What makes The God Game relevant today and why should audiences come and see this play?

A few things immediately come to mind:   1. This play does not take sides. It doesn't tell you what you should think or how you should feel and when it comes to politics these days everyone is doing a ton of talking but no one is doing any listening. This play is a beautiful opportunity to see the humanity behind why people believe what they do and causes us to pause, listen and ingest that.  2. It's just good. The writing is wonderful- witty and intelligent. You're going to enjoy yourself and you're also going to be touched.  3. This is a phenomenal opportunity to support women in theatre. Other than myself we have a female director, it was written by a female playwright, we have a female producer, female carpenters- such a wonderful chance to show women in theatre your support!

Interview with the playwright, Suzanne Bradbeer.

In an interview with Broadway World, playwright Suzanne Bradbeer had this to say about THE GOD GAME:

"One of the really important things to me when I was writing is that - I'm not really interested in preaching to the choir. I'm not interested in coming in with a sledgehammer with whatever my point of view is. What I am interested in is exploring something and seeing what questions come up. Ultimately, as you say, it's the human story. It's the personal angle: the dilemma and how it translates into a relationship between a husband, a wife and also a best friend. The audiences care so much about these characters. Lots of audiences like identifying themselves with them."

Actor Spotlight on Beau Clark

Beau Clark plays Matt in The God Game at Sonorous Road Productions opening February 3rd. 

Beau Clark plays Matt in The God Game at Sonorous Road Productions opening February 3rd. 

In ten words or less, what is The God Game about?

The merits and flaws of using religion in political campaigns.

Tell us about your character.

Matt is the chief adviser to the republican presidential nominee. He is visiting Tom in an attempt to convince him to run as Vice President on their ticket, with the caveat that he must present himself as a Christian. He also happens to be the lover of Tom's recently deceased younger brother. It's a tangled web.

What other productions in the Triangle have you been in that our audiences may have seen?

Although I have appeared with various local improv teams, The God Game marks my first theatrical appearance in over 15 years.

What has been your favorite part of working on this production? 

The depths! June and my two cast mates recognize the many, many shades and layers beneath the outer exposition of the play. There is no lack of profundity in this production.

What makes The God Game relevant today and why should audiences come and see this play? 

Although it is obvious that after this recent election, a play about morality/integrity/honesty within the republican ranks is incredibly timely. But truly, I think the text transcends such simple summations. I think that the play would be timely at any juncture, as it wrestles with notions of the tango between religion and politics that has driven American politics since, well, since America became a political body! My favorite thing about the play is that it presents many, many questions, but doesn't presume to preach particular answers.