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 favorite son of the community and the rabbi's heir apparent, is an iconoclastic thinker. When the boldness of his ideas strains the bounds of Amsterdam's professed tolerance, it leads to a dangerous confrontation between powerful political forces and his 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.
Philadelphia Premiere! Also don't miss the Preview Week and a discussion developed around the topics from New Jerusalem!
Preview Week Dates and Times:
Thursday, October 6, 2011-7 p.m.
Saturday, October 8, 2011-8 p.m.
Sunday, October 9, 2011-2 p.m.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011-7 p.m.
Fall Philosophy Festival: Theater and the Age of Reason
October 21 - 23, 2011
Presented in conjunction with our production of New Jerusalem, this special weekend will explore the Jewish experience in Europe and Spinoza's lasting influence on art, literature, and philosophy through special performances, readings, and lively panel discussions with scholars and guest artists.