Synopses & Reviews
Some of Shanleys sharpest comic writing in years
His intense engagement with questions of religion and ethics remains distinctive and invigorating.” Charles Isherwood, New York Times
Theres a deeper philosophical vein that the author mines, allowing his language to acquire the heft and timbre of a serious moral debate
We taste bitterness, but also much that is sweet.” David Cote, TimeOut New York
A postmodern morality play thats as funny as it is bracing.” Karen DSouza, San Jose Mercury News
Concluding the Church and State” trilogy of plays that began with Doubt and Defiance, Storefront Church tells the story of a Bronx Borough President who is forced by the mortgage crisis into a confrontation with a local minister. Blending earthy humor and philosophical reflection, this compassionate morality tale is an exploration of the often thorny relationship between spiritual experience and social action.
John Patrick Shanley is the author of numerous plays, including Doubt: A Parable (winner of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play), Outside Mullingar (Tony Award Nomination for Best Play), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Beggars in the House of Plenty, Dirty Story, Where's My Money?, Four Dogs and a Bone, Defiance and Storefront Church. His sole television outing resulted in an Emmy nomination for Live from Baghdad (HBO). In the arena of film, Moonstruck garnered him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Mr. Shanley wrote and directed both Joe Versus the Volcano and Doubt; the latter earned five Oscar nominations, including Best Adapted Screenplay. In 2008, the Writers Guild of America recognized Mr. Shanley's contribution to film with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
An ambitious and affecting new drama by Academy Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning author John Patrick Shanley.
"[Shanley's] intense engagement with questions of religion and ethics
remains distinctive and invigorating."-The New York Times
"There's a deeper philosophical vein that the author mines, allowing his language to acquire the heft and timbre of a serious moral debate. . . . We taste bitterness, but also much that is sweet."-Time Out New York
The final installment of John Patrick Shanley's "Church and State" trilogybeginning with the award-winning Doubt and Defianceconcerns a Bronx Borough President who is forced, by the mortgage crisis, into a confrontation with a local minister. Blending earthy humor and philosophical reflection, this morality tale explores the relationship between spiritual experience and social action.
John Patrick Shanley is the author of numerous plays, including Outside Mullingar, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Dirty Story, Four Dogs and a Bone, Psychopathia Sexualis, Sailor's Song, Savage in Limbo, and Where's My Money? He has written extensively for television and film, and his credits include the teleplay for Live from Baghdad and screenplays for Congo; Alive; Five Corners; Joe Vs. the Volcano, which he also directed; and Moonstruck, for which he won an Academy Award for best original screenplay. He adapted his Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt into an Academy Awardwinning film, which he also directed, starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
About the Author
JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY is from the Bronx. His plays include Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, the dreamer examines his pillow, Four Dogs and a Bone, Beggars in the House of Plenty
and Dirty Story
. His trilogy Church and State
began with Doubt
, continued with Defiance
, and now concludes with Storefront Church
. For his play Doubt
, Mr. Shanley received both the Tony Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the arena of film, he has nine films to his credit, most recently Doubt
with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. Doubt
, which he also directed, was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay. Other films include Five Corners
(Special Jury Prize, Barcelona Film Festival), Alive, Joe Versus The Volcano
(which he also directed) and Live From Baghdad
” for HBO (Emmy nomination). For his script of Moonstruck
, he received both the Writers Guild Award and the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. The Writers Guild of America awarded Mr. Shanley the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Writing.