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New Jerusalem ()

Produced by

Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company

Playwright: David Ives
Director: Mitchell Cushman

Venue

Toronto Centre for the Arts – Studio Theatre

Run

March 15th, 2014 – April 13th, 2014

Synopsis

As the inquisition bears down on them, a small Jewish community flees Portugal to find a tenuous peace in seemingly liberal Amsterdam. But Spinoza, a favourite son of the community and the Rabbi’s heir apparent, is a revolutionary thinker. When the boldness of his ideas strain the bounds of Amsterdam’s professed tolerance, it leads to a dangerous confrontation between powerful political forces and this own beloved community. Based on true events in the life of one of the greatest philosophers in history, this recent off-Broadway hit from playwright David Ives challenges traditional, political and religious thinking with conviction, passion and wit. (hgjewishtheatre.com)


Cast

Aris Athanasopoulos Baruch De Spinoza
Sascha Cole Rebekah De Spinoza
David Eisner Gasper Rodrigues Ben Israel
James Graham Simon De Vries
Michael Hanrahan Abraham Van Valkenburgh
Amy Keating Clara Van Den Enden
Alon Nashman Saul Levi Mortera

Creative Team

David Ives Playwright
Mitchell Cushman Director
Nick Blais Set Designer
Nick Blais Lighting Designer
Laura Gardner Costume Designer
Christopher Stanton Sound Designer
Christopher Stanton Composer
Adrienne Ceaser Costume Assistant

Production

Dean Johnston Production Manager
Kate Sandeson Stage Manager
Robin Munro Apprentice Stage Manager

Staff

Jacob Arscott Head Technician, Studio Theatre