Return of Theater J's Hit Play New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch Spinoza
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The last date listed for New Jerusalem was Sunday April 1, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Shakespeare saved his best for last: his final play, The Tempest is his most magical and engrossing tale. It follows the adventures of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle abounding with fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance. When a shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, the plot thickens as his beloved daughter falls for one of the castaways. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic basket and enjoy this outdoor production from the Olney Theatre Center at the Root Family Stage. In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the National Players -- OTC's touring company of young professional actors -- celebrated National Player "veterans" will compose half the cast while current company members will take the younger roles. See event description for more details. Learn More
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The staging was breathtaking. I felt as though I was part of proceedings. Wit, dialogue,and intensity of content allowed for ongoing discussion after the show was over. I did have a problem with the diversity of dress. Very confusing. Marsha
Quotes & Highlights
“Mr. Ives’s humor has always mixed the cerebral with the silly… his daring leap into metaphysics is… an engrossing primer on Spinoza’s radical thinking.” —New York Times
“A gallery of intriguing characters, nonstop enlightened argument and even – hold the phone – a socko finish. This is no dry exercise in pedagogy; it’s a vigorous act of theatrical investigation.” —Washington Post
“Cracklingly sarcastic, effortlessly intellectual…I trudged in feeling a little beat from a long Monday, and I ended up staying for the talk-back.” —Washington City Paper
- *It is a rare instance when a performance can take centuries old philosophy and make it seem fresh, exciting, and relevant, but Theater J has pulled it off with their scintillating production of New Jerusalem…The confluence of David Ives’ smart, provocative script, Jeremy Skidmore’s powerful direction, and the polished performances of his talented cast has resulted in a fascinating, soul-searching look into mankind’s struggle to define God and our relationship to the divine." --DC Theatre Scene
The witty theological drama, New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656,__ __returns to the Goldman Theater after a hit run in 2010. The play follows young philosopher Baruch de Spinoza as he faces excommunication from the Jewish community for his provocative, subversive new ideas. With his special blend of cerebral language and wry humor, critically-acclaimed playwright David Ives gives Spinoza a chance to defend himself in front of a community of critics in a courtroom clash between religion and rationalism.
Written by**: **David Ives
Directed by: Jeremy Skidmore
Featuring: Featuring Helen Hayes Award Nominees Alexander Strain and Michael Tolaydo with Lawrence Redmond , Michael Kramer, Brandon McCoy, Colleen Delany and Emma Jaster.