Martin Sherman
Directed By: 
David Gautschy

Friday Nov 18 and Saturday Nov 19 at 8pm
Sunday Nov 20 at 7pm

A Staged Reading
In The Jewel Box Theater
Sun, 11/20/2005

Martin Sherman's play Messiah is set in Poland in 1665, following the Cossack uprising against the Poles on the southeastern borderland of the Ukraine. Over one third of the once thriving and independent Jewish community has been slaughtered and the rest impoverished. During this time the people became obsessed with visions of salvation and Kabbalah, the mystical interpretation the scriptures, became a primary force. There was an all-consuming certainty that the Messiah would finally arrive.

In 1626 a son was born to a Jewish family of Spanish origin in Asia Minor, His name was Sabbatai Sevi, He was ordained a Sephardic rabbi at the age of eighteen...


Alexandra Devin*
Carrie Edel*
Letty Ferrer*
Jenny Greeman*
Tobi Kanter*
Stewart Steinberg*
Peter Stoll*


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council.

WorkShop Theater Company
312 West 36th Street,
Fourth Floor East
New York, NY 10018
Between 8th and 9th Avenues

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