The Christians by Lucas Hnath The Christians by Lucas Hnath

By Lucas Hnath
May 26th – June 12th, 2022

Pastor Paul is having a crisis of conscience. After a divisive sermon, the congregants of Paul's newly renovated mega-church struggle to see eye-to-eye. Both epic and intimate, this melodic drama asks "legitimately difficult questions about belief and behavior." – The Guardian

MA - For Mature Audiences: Topic

Information about all of the shows in our 44th Season available here.

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Located in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, BTE has been producing compelling, award-winning theatre since 1978. Each season features plays selected by Ensemble members, a lively mix of classics, new and contemporary works, and audience favorites.

BTE's Theatre in the Classroom creates original educational plays for schools that are seen by hundreds of elementary students across Central Pennsylvania each year. BTE's Project Discovery presents shows from the current season to area high school students free of charge. The BTE Theatre School provides opportunities for adults and children to explore the art and craft of making live theatre.

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Summer 2022 Theatre School Workshops

BTE Theatre School

This summer, join us for comedy classes, script writing, acting, stage combat, and more! See our Theatre School Page for class and registration information.

Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns - Theatre In the Classroom - 2022 Touring Production

Theatre In the Classroom

Our Spring 2022 Tour is available for booking! More information can be found on our TIC page.

Project Discovery

Project Discovery

Every high school student in the region has the chance to see live theatre for free!

May 12, 2022

BTE Presents the Spiritual Drama 'The Christians'

Lucas Hnath's masterful play about faith and spirituality comes to BTE’s Alvina Krause Theatre, beginning May 26th. Pastor Paul, who has spent years growing his faithful congregation from just a handful of congregants to thousands, stuns his congregation with a revelation he had at a recent conference. Shock waves course through those at his sermon and expose rifts along the faultlines. As he navigates the fallout, issues of faith, loyalty, and belief itself shift and change those around him. This heartfelt exploration of universal questions will leave audiences with thought-provoking conversations. Read more about the show here.

April 4, 2022

BTE Announces Auditions for 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe'

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – BTE is pleased to announce an audition date for this summer's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Auditions for children and teens ages 8 and older will be held on April 23rd at the Alvina Krause Theatre, 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg. The doors will open at 9:30am, and auditions will begin at 10:00am. All participants must be masked. Read more about the auditions here.

February 7, 2022

BTE brings 'Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns' on the road in April

From April through May, children in Pennsylvania and neighboring states will put down their pencils and books and spend an hour mining the rich history of King Coal as the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble performs Patchworks: Life and Legends of the Coal Towns in their school. With BTE's time-tested, energetic storytelling style, imaginative props, and audience involvement, three Theatre In the Classroom (TIC) actors will transform elementary and middle school cafeterias and gymnasiums into the landscape of the coal town. Read more about the tour here.

BTE is supported by grants from

The National Endowment for the Arts The Roy Cockrum Foundation The Shubert Foundation Columbia County Commissioners Community Giving Foundation The 1994 Charles B. Degenstein Foundation Ensemble Circle Donors
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania