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Sitting rooms turn into battlegrounds in Gwydion Suilebhan’s The Faithkiller after a modern-day TV producer revives a 1940s radio show and casts its protagonist as a Richard-Dawkins–channelling athiest. The ensuing fight between Christians, Jews, Muslims, and New Atheists (the latter capitalized by Suilebhan to emphasize the movement’s similarity to the ones it’s fighting) takes place on radio and television, which lends a multimedia element to the play while also reflecting the ways Americans tell stories. But the up-and-coming Taffety Punk Theatre, which won last year’s John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the 2008 Helen Hayes Awards, isn’t looking to march into the culture war with this production—it simply wants audience members to ask themselves whether ideas that further sequester Americans into their cultural cul de sacs are healthy.
THE FAITHKILLER PLAYS WED.–FRI. AT 7:30 P.M., AND SAT. at 2 P.M., to APRIL 18 AT CAPITOL HILL ARTS WORKSHOP, 545 7TH ST. SE. $10. (202) 494-6131.