#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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  • Steven G. Martin:
    11 Jul. 2019
    Dendinger has written a play that is difficult to read and I imagine more difficult to watch. But in things that are difficult, there can still be insight.

    Do I like Laurel, the main character, or have sympathy for her? No. Could I forgive her for the pain she has brought others for the sake of being evocative? No. But Dendinger's play allows insight into this character whose world view is evolving. I understand Laurel better, and sometimes empathy is enough.
  • Stephanie Neuerburg:
    11 Jul. 2019
    I might be a little biased, having acted in a reading of this script earlier this year at the Ashland New Plays Festival, but I love love LOVE this play. Was in tears at the end of my first reading. An incredible exploration of faith and the shortcomings of its institution and the power of social media. The characters' actions are incredulous at times but they are (sometimes surprisingly) sympathetic. I feel like I have been waiting for this play for a very long time. Thank you Emily!

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