'Church & State'

By Jason Odell Williams

Performance Dates: August 10, 11, 17, 18 @ 8pm; August 12 & 19 @ 2pm

Performances in the Mountcastle Forum, Milton Rhodes Center

251 N. Spruce Street
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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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 liberal Jewish 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.


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Hampton Rowe

Senator Charles Whitmore

Hampton is proud to be doing his second show with Spirit Gum Theatre after making his company debut in THE PILLOWMAN as Ariel. He has a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University. And most recently performed in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) with the Phoenix Theatre company. He regularly performs with Phoenix Theatre company in their interactive murder mysteries as well as their A CHRISTMAS CAROL dinner show. Having performed professionally in Raleigh, Chicago, and Los Angeles, he's now happy to call Winston-Salem home. Much love to his wife, Ann, and their rescue pups, George and Val.

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Teresa Prevatte

Sara Whitmore

Teresa is happy to be making her second appearance with Spirit Gum Theatre Company. Favorite roles for Teresa include Hesther Salomon in EQUUS, Romaine Patterson/Amanda Gronich/Marge Murray in THE LARAMIE PROJECT, Roberta in DEBBIE DOES DALLAS: THE MUSICAL, and Lulie Stanwyck in FIVE LESBIANS EATING A QUICHE. Love to her amazing partner, Reed, and a shout out to all the strong, smart, funny women who inspire her every day! 

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Sara Butner

Alex Klein

Sara is excited to be back with Spirit Gum, having last appeared as Bessie in THE DROWNING GIRLS. She has also performed locally with the Stained Glass Playhouse (OKLAHOMA!, CLYBOURNE PARK and SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY), Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance (MINDGAME, SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, CHESS), Spring Theatre (MOON OVER BUFFALO) and the Triad Shakespearience (THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, TITUS ANDRONICUS).


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Alex Stone

Tom/marshall/reporter/security guy

Alex is a comedian who has traveled the East Coast performing stand-up. He was the winner of The Idiot Box's Ultimate Comic Challenge Competition.  For several years, he was a cast member of the sketch and improv show Comedy Potluck at The Community Arts Cafe. Now, he performs with the improv troupe Bunker Dogs, which he co-runs with his lovely wife Britt. CHURCH AND STATE is his second role in theater, his first was playing Happy Mahoney in Spirit Gum Theater Company's production of CLOWN BAR.


Creative Team

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Ken Ashford


Ken Ashford is a veteran of Triad theatre, having performed onstage at Theatre Alliance, Little Theatre of Winston-Salem, and Kernersviille Little Theatre to name a few. He has directed ON GOLDEN POND at Stained Glass Playhouse and THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER at Kernersville Little Theatre, as well as a few short plays and staged readings here and there.  He's honored and thrilled to be working with such an astounding cast and production team in this timely work. It has been a pure joy. I hope all reading this will recognize that the importance of finding common ground in solving pressing social problems. The common ground exists, and laughter is one of the tools we can use to reach it.


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Cheryl Ann Roberts

Stage Manager

Cheryl Ann has performed, stage managed, and produced for many community theatres from Hickory to Burlington and most all the theatres in between. She’s directed a few times, was a High School Play Festival adjudicator for NCTC and was the assistant director of Professional Auditions for two years for SETC. So theatre, and all aspects of, are definitely a big part of her life. Cheryl Ann would like to thank Ken for giving her the opportunity to work, once again, with Spirit Gum.