It seems that Mr. Hnath (pronounced Nayth) has struck a nerve. We are, after all, a Christian country. The only religious holidays we celebrate as a nation are Christian. All our presidents have been Christian with only on Catholic in the bunch. The majority of the members of Congress are Christians. While Jewish folk have made it to the Supreme Court, it is a rarity for any other religion to be publicly celebrated. Every other performance award winner praises Jesus (not certain about the folks who don’t win). We tout ourselves as a melting pot, but so far it is the Christians 10 and the non-Christians 2 in the “positive public” eye.
So when Lucas Hnath (pronounced Nayth) writes a play about a set of beliefs that are at the center of some mainstream mega churches, we sit up and pay attention. Whether we are believers or not, we at least know about the folks who are – we see them often enough. When these folks have a falling out, it is a major car wreck on the Freeway to Salvation and we want to watch.