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Theater for the New City
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director

presents

THE WAYWARD DAUGHTER
OF JUDAH THE PRINCE
A philosopher's "Thelma and Louise"
set in the Roman Empire

Left: Murillo, Estaban (1618-1682) - 1670c. A Girl and Her Duena. Right: Jewish scholar, uncredited.


Written by Douglas Lackey
Directed by Alexander Harrington

World Premiere
September 23 to October 10, 2021

"The Wayward Daughter of Judah the Prince" by Douglas Lackey is a picaresque, philosophically-minded tale that begins in Palestine in the late second century C.E.

Hannah is the dutiful and learned daughter of Judah the Prince, compiler of The Mishnah--the core section of The Talmud. She serves her father as his loyal daughter and scribe. When she is caught in the embrace of Sarah, her slave girl, she is faced with difficult choices: living down the "sin" by remaining in her father's household to care for him (and marrying a nerdy rabbinical student he favors), or escaping with Sarah to far-away regions of the Mediterranean--centers of Gnosticism and Neoplatonism--where her rebellious lifestyle and intellect may be tolerated.

What develops is a sort of Thelma and Louise in the Roman Empire, in which Hannah measures herself against the conflicting philosophies of the period. The idea is for audiences to savor how these clashes of ideas presaged the conflicts between science, aesthetics and faith that now define our modern era.

The play is directed by Alexander Harrington, who has collaborated with Lackey on three prior plays of ideas at TNC. All were critically praised as explosive dramas of doctrines, romance, and politics.

 

L: Jessica Crandall as Hannah, R: Amanda Kristin Nichols as Sarah.
Photo by Gerry Goodstein.


WITH
Jessica Crandall* as Hannah
Amanda Kristin Nichols* as Sarah
Stan Buturla* as Judah
Mohammad Saleem as Jonah & Basilides
Anthon Mondesir as Plotinus & Kyril
Michael Bradley as Ensemble
Xan Oliva as Ensemble
Asel Otunchieva as Ensemble

Commissioned Original Score by Michael Sirotta

Scenic Design - Jon DeGaetano
Projection Design - Michael Redman
Costume Design - Anthony Paul-Cavaretta
Lighting Design - Alexander Bartenieff
Chorography - Federico Restrepo
Producer/Production Manager - Taylor Jo Poer
Production Stage Manager - Ericka Conklin
Assistant Director - Alyssa Simon



September 23 to October 10, 2021
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave (between 9th and 10th Sts.)
Thurs - Sat at 8:00 PM, Sun at 3:00 PM
$18 general admission, $12 seniors & students
Box office: (212) 254-1109

www.theaterforthenewcity.net


COVID Protocol: Audience members must show proof of vaccination or recent negative Covid test. Mask wearing will be required during the performance. All cast and staff are fully vaccinated and the theater’s ventilation systems meet safety standards.  

 

VISIT THESE WEBSITES OF
OTHER PLAYS BY DOUGLAS LACKEY:

"ARENDT-HEIDEGGER: A LOVE STORY"

"LUDWIG AND BERTIE: A COMEDY OF IDEAS"

*-appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association

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