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Actors Express opens its season with an exploration of religion.

The play, called “The Christians,” introduces Pastor Paul, who has an eye-opening revelation. The result causes a crisis of faith among his megachurch congregation.

“City Lights” host Lois Reitzes spoke with Freddie Ashley, Actor’s Express’ artistic director and the director of the production, alongside actor Brian Kurlander, who plays Pastor Paul, about faith, division and their experiences getting familiar with megachurches. 

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Friday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":

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It’s one of the longest-running musicals in off-Broadway history, and it’s also one of the most performed musicals in high schools, according to the Educational Theater Association.

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That show is “Little Shop of Horrors,” where down-on-his-luck Seymour Krelborn discovers a new plant species with an insatiable appetite for human blood and world domination at the same time he's also falling love with his colleague Audrey.

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In Actor's Express’ upcoming production, a slave is offered freedom if he fights for the Confederacy. The play, called "Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3)," is by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks.

This is not a traditional historical drama. For one, it loosely uses Homer's "The Odyssey" as its storytelling mechanism. Also, director Martin Damien Wilkins explained that the vernacular of today is used throughout the story.

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Thursday on "City Lights with Lois Reitzes":