Play set in the mid-1600s explores the enclave of Sephardic Jews within the city of Amsterdam.
When: Friday, Nov. 23, 2012, 8 p.m.
Where: Center Stage Theater, 751 Paseo Nuevo, Santa Barbara
Age limit: Not available
Acclaimed playwright David Ives has created a taut historical fiction that plays out like a modern day trial. New Jerusalem pits religion against philosophy; government against religion; and community against government. Allowed to self-police as a condition of residing in the city without fear of punishment, the Jews must come to grips with the radical thinking of Baruch Spinoza, the supposedly religious Jewish philosopher whose thoughts threaten the existence of his closed community even as he heads down a path that threatens his very survival. This is the inquisition of Spinoza by the Dutch regents, the equivalent of a modern day Inherit the Wind according to one reviewer, a battle that hurls the Western Europe of the 1600’s into a territory of fear and doubt.
Director/actor Ed Giron has had recent theatre roles in Frost/Nixon (Indy Award for Performance) and English Bride in Santa Barbara, and Heartbreak House and Richard III in Los Angeles. His directing credits include The Persians, The Exonerated; Inherit the Wind and English Bride.
Playwright David Ives is known for his comedic plays including the collections known as All in the Timing and Mere Mortals. He is also the most highly regarded “fixer” of numerous plays en route to Broadway. New Jerusalem is a departure from his usual genre, but although it is an intense historical drama it is not without the humor that is classic David Ives. The run of New Jerusalem is performed in tandem with a totally different work altogether, the comedic Reindeer Monologues.
Event posted Oct. 4, 2012
Last updated Oct. 25, 2012