In the first, which opened in 1996 (The New York Times called it an “engaging if too tidy family drama about conflicts of faith”), an Episcopalian priest/professor named Hannah has discovered a fifth Gospel, one that predates those penned by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and may have been the source for all four. Though possessed of firm faith, the priest is skeptical of church dogma, which attracts Brandt, a stymied writer who gave up his faith years ago, to attempt to ghostwrite Hannah's latest book. Brandt's appearance coincides with the return of Hannah's prodigal son Thomas, who happens to be gay and hits on Brandt.
The Cantor's Tale at the Hunger Artists Theatre, 699-A S. State College Blvd., Fullerton, (714) 680-6803; www.hungerartists.net. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Through Jan. 30.