#GodHatesYou

Laurel has always been the apple of the church’s eye. She’s the first person to volunteer to picket funerals of dead soldiers, knows what to say to strike a nerve in a crowd, and can debate the Bible with the best of them. Despite the constant hate mail and death threats, she knows she’s saving the sinners of the world before the end of days arrives. However, when Laurel joins social media she’s faced for the...
Laurel has always been the apple of the church’s eye. She’s the first person to volunteer to picket funerals of dead soldiers, knows what to say to strike a nerve in a crowd, and can debate the Bible with the best of them. Despite the constant hate mail and death threats, she knows she’s saving the sinners of the world before the end of days arrives. However, when Laurel joins social media she’s faced for the first time with the outside world, and soon everything she believes is called into question. God Hates You asks what it means to grow up in a church dedicated to spreading hate and intolerance, and what happens when the faith you’ve rigorously adhered to your whole life came shattering down around you.

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#GodHatesYou

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  • Nick Malakhow:
    20 Oct. 2019
    Dendinger finds humanity in each of the very flawed characters in this important and bold piece. Laurel's evolution as a character feels organic and plausible, while her fellow congregation members are rendered with a nuanced touch and in a way that helps get to the root of the misguided ways they act upon their beliefs. #GodHatesYou also moves briskly and with a good dose of situation humor to help lighten (and enlighten) some of the darker moments and character motivations throughout. Hope to see this produced far and wide soon!
  • Theresa Giacopasi:
    19 Oct. 2019
    Emily does the seemingly impossible in #godhatesyou - provides an opportunity to feel empathy for members of a cruel and extremist church. Laurel’s journey of self-discovery is easy to relate to, but the play doesn’t shy away from the abhorrent views and language espoused by her, her family and friends. It’s also the rare show that uses social media in a very dynamic way, and as a power for good. I’m excited to see this play done regionally in both red states and blue.
  • Ryan Fogarty:
    17 Oct. 2019
    This play was triggering-ly funny as well as honest and heartbreaking about the painful journey some of us have gone through to escape the hypocrisy of the religions on which we’re raised. Emily makes Laurel’s intimate story feel vital and universal, featuring contemporary dialogue and rich discussions of theology, Twitter feed/online worlds and a fast-paced, action-packed trajectory. Each character is nuanced and comes at their faith and understanding of it from many points of view. I thoroughly enjoyed!

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Durango PlayFest
    ,
    2018
  • Commission
    ,
    Curious Theatre Company
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Perry Mansfield New Play Festival
    ,
    2017
  • Workshop
    ,
    Curious Theatre Company
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • University
    ,
    University of Central Florida
    ,
    2019