Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

Bloomington's Professional Theater Company

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Bloomington, IN 47401
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Over the past twenty years, Pastor Paul has successfully presided over the growth of his church from a few dozen people to several thousand strong. He’s respected and admired, but when a personal revelation leads him down a new path, will his congregants follow him? The Christians is a riveting drama about the complicated fallout when personal faith clashes with institutional doctrine.

“…this terrific play about the mystery of faith by Lucas Hnath — one of the freshest playwriting voices to emerge in the past five years — is MESMERIZING.”  – The New York Times

“…a powerful, riveting production that handles a complex and intellectual debate in a relatable way…” – National Catholic Reporter


Lucas Hnath’s plays include THE CHRISTIANS (2014 Humana Festival), RED SPEEDO (Studio Theatre, DC), A PUBLIC READING OF AN UNPRODUCED SCREENPLAY ABOUT THE DEATH OF WALT DISNEY (Soho Rep), NIGHTNIGHT (2013 Humana Festival), ISAAC’S EYE (Ensemble Studio Theatre), DEATH TAX (2012 Humana Festival, Royal Court Theatre), and THE COURTSHIP OF ANNA NICOLE SMITH (Actors Theatre of Louisville). His plays are published by Dramatists Play Service. Lucas has been a resident playwright at New Dramatists since 2011, and is a proud member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre. Lucas is a winner of the 2012 Whitfield Cook Award for ISAAC’S EYE and received a 2013 Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award Citation for DEATH TAX. He has also received commissions from the EST/Sloan Project, Actors Theatre of Louisville, South Coast Repertory, Playwrights Horizons, New York University’s Graduate Acting Program, and the Royal Court Theatre. Lucas holds a BFA and an MFA from New York University’s Department of Dramatic Writing.

Creative Team

  • Director
  • Kate Galvin
  • Musical Director
  • Hana Cai
  • Stage Manager
  • Corey Hollinger
  • Scenic Designer
  • Kristen Martino
  • Lighting Designer
  • Allen Hahn
  • Costume Designer
  • Chris Simanton
  • Sound Designer
  • Robert Hornbosel
  • Sound Designer
  • Macy Kloville
  • Dramaturg
  • Joseph D'Ambrosi
  • Musical Consultant
  • Sue Swaney


Liam Castellan (Associate Pastor) is a director, actor, atheist and Philadelphian (not necessarily in that order).  He has a MFA in Directing from IU with a concentration in arts management, and a BSci in Theatre from Northwestern.  IU directing: The Resistible Rise of Arturo UiThe ExoneratedRat in the SkullBad Joke and Two Gentlemen of Lebowski.  He directed Church & State for Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, teaches for Cardinal and Stages Bloomington, and directed excerpts of The Christians and Microcrisis for Cardinal’s “For Your Consideration” last winter.  Before IU he spent over a decade directing, acting, teaching and producing in Philadelphia.

Ken Ganza (Elder) has appeared as a Christmas ghost and a wonderful wizard in previous Cardinal Stage productions, and he is most excited to be portraying a real person this time under the direction of Kate Galvin.  He is a familiar figure on community theatre stages in the Indianapolis area, where he has won multiple awards for best actor in both dramas and comedies from the Encore Association, the governing body of central Indiana community theatres.  Offstage he is an academic advisor at IU and enjoys life in Bloomington with his wife, Denise Hyble, whom he deeply thanks for her support.

Emily Goodson (Congregant) lives in Bloomington with her husband Gabe and their two children Bea and Rock. Her last appearance onstage was as Sue in Scott Organ’s Phoenix with Gunstar Productions in 2011. She also played Jo in boom! with Cardinal Stage and Sally Tally in Lanford Wilson’s Tally’s Folly at the Bloomington Playwrights Project. She currently works mostly as a playwright and librettist. Her musical Spun with composer Jeremy Schonfeld was originally commissioned and produced by the Bloomington Playwrights Project in May 2013 with a subsequent equity productions by the Phoenix Theater in Indianapolis April 2014, Adirondack Theatre Festival in July 2015, and again at the BPP in January of 2018. Greta, another Goodson/Schonfeld collaboration, opened to audiences at the Bloomington Playwrights Project in May 2014. Their third collaboration Calling All Kates won over audiences in April of 2017 at the BPP and is slated for a June 2019 production in Glens Falls. Her newest play Besties! was workshopped in August of 2015 through the Northern Writers Project at Ann Arbor’s Performance Network Theatre with a follow up development reading at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho in July of 2016. Other works include Meltdown, Bird Rap: A Rap about Birds, and Time Machines Can Be Funny Sometimes.

James Krag (Pastor) is happy to revisit THE CHRISTIANS after understudying Pastor Paul at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, and he is happy to return to Bloomington where he appeared in THE NERD at Brown County Playhouse. Recent credits include Lodovico in OTHELLO at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Jacob Marley in A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Drury Lane Theatre, and understudying Dr. Aster in LIFE SUCKS at Lookingglass Theatre.  Other Chicago credits include: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad DeityCourt Martial At Fort Devens (Victory Gardens Theater); The Trip to Bountiful, Dinner With Friends (Goodman Theatre); ThyestesPhedre (Court Theatre); and The Best Man (Remy Bumppo Theatre Company). Jim originated the role of Sandy in DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL by “Tuesdays with Morrie” author Mitch Albom at the Purple Rose Theater in Chelsea, Michigan. New York credits include the original Broadway production of BURN THIS, and MILLFIRE at Women’s Project Theater. Film and TV Credits include: While You Were SleepingMercury Rising,Crossing the BridgeChicago PDPrison BreakEarly EditionDharma and GregEllen, ER, and the upcoming TV series Presumed Innocent. For the past several years, Jim has been performing his own show, According to Mark, a solo production of The Gospel of Mark, at various venues around the Midwest.

Shannon O’Connor Starks (Wife) is thrilled to return for her 7th production with Cardinal Stage!  Cardinal Mainstage: Oliver! (Mrs. Corney), Mary Poppins (Mrs. Brill), Shrek the Musical (Mama Ogre/Mama Bear), and Les Miserables (Ensemble).  Cardinal for Kids:  Elephant and Piggie’s We Are in a Play!  (Squirrelle #2).  Most recently, she entertained audiences as Diana Moon Glampers in Cardinal’s staged reading of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Shannon is an Arts Educator in the Bloomington area, teaching theatre and dance classes for Fairview Elementary’s Artful Learning Program. Over the years, she has also directed and/or choreographed multiple plays at Bloomington High School North. She dedicates this performance to her father, Michael James O’Connor, with whom she spent many hours in riveting theological discussions.

Community Choir

  • Alexandra Etheridge
  • Amira Sabbagh
  • Amy Osajima
  • Anna Butler
  • Becky Underwood
  • Bill Lonnberg
  • Claire Finke
  • Claire Tofoya
  • Connie Loftman
  • Cynthia Bretheim
  • Dan Lodge-Rigal
  • Dan Piekarsky
  • Dexter Griffin
  • Diana Velazquez
  • Emily Schoch
  • Eva Allen
  • Eve Cusack
  • Grace Buehler
  • Guy Loftman
  • Hal Kibbey
  • Hannah Schertz
  • Hans Kelson
  • Hope Leeper
  • James Tanford
  • Jensyn Bowman
  • Kaity Sandes
  • Katie Schuman
  • Kimberly Frazier
  • Kristen Bunch
  • Laura Schneider
  • Lynn Schwartzberg
  • Mackenzie Jones
  • Madie Allender
  • Mary Boutain
  • Mary Carol Reardon
  • Maryann Iaria
  • Maya Rao
  • Melinda Swenson
  • Michael Brewington
  • Michael McGregor
  • Philippa Guthrie
  • Rachel Holland
  • Rhonda D. Clower
  • Robin Lea Pyle
  • Ruellen Fessenbecker
  • Ruth Sanders
  • Sally Gaskill
  • Sally McGuire
  • Sam Cusack
  • Sandra Churchill
  • Sandra Dolby
  • Steve Pollit
  • Taylor Sylvester
  • Tom McCaffrey
  • Tucker Piedmont
  • Wolfe Allen

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