Ep. 15: Playwright Jason Odell Williams on God, Guns, and ‘Church & State’

Ep. 15: Playwright Jason Odell Williams on God, Guns, and ‘Church & State’

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This Tuesday marks the 12th anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tech. As a news junkie, I remember being riveted to the television watching the news events unfold, never imagining that years later, I would become a proud Hokie mom. Interestingly, enough, around the same time my son moved in and began his freshman year at Virginia Tech, Jason Odell Williams’ play Church & State opened at New World Stages in New York City. It’s about a Senator on the verge of re-election who decides to speak his mind after a shooting at his children’s school in Raleigh. Williams says this play began as a germ of an idea shortly after the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007. Church & State opens at the North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre (NRACT) on April 26th. For more information or tickets visit: North Raleigh Arts Creative Theatre

About the Guest

Jason Odell Williams is an award-winning playwright and Emmy-nominated television producer. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway at New World Stages and The Westside Theatre as well as in theatres across the country. His play Church & State was a 2016 NNPN Rolling World Premiere, nominated for a BEST NEW PLAY AWARD by the Off-Broadway Alliance, three L.A. Ovation Awards including Best Playwriting for an Original Play, and named one of Huffington Post’s TOP TEN Theatre Productions of 2016. Church & State was recently optioned by Gigi Films (The Art of Getting By, The Winning Season). Jason was hired to adapt it into a screenplay with his wife and collaborator Charlotte Cohn. Jason’s first play Handle With Care was a New York Times Critics’ Pick when it ran Off-Broadway starring Carol Lawrence. Other plays include Someone Else (World Premiere, NC Stage); Baltimore in Black & White (the cell theatre) and The Science of Guilt (the Daryl Roth 2). His newest play The Whole Shebang was recently named a Semi-Finalist for the 2019 National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. The play was also named a Finalist for the 2018 InterAct Theatre Company’s New Play Development Award and was one of three plays selected for a workshop reading in Florida Studio Theatre’s 2018 New Play Reading Series. In his other life, Jason works as a writer and producer on such TV shows as “Brain Games” on Nat Geo,  “60 Days In” on A&E, “Homicide Hunter” on Discovery ID (seasons 2 and 9), and the new hit Netflix Original Series “Brainchild. Jason lives in Manhattan with his wife, their daughter (a budding actress-singer-graphic novelist), and their rescued dog who loves chasing squirrels. For more information visit:
http://www.jasonodellwilliams.com/ .


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