Monday, November 14, 2011
STAGED READING TAKES A NEW LOOK AT THE DEATH OF JESUS
The Inquiry: A New Look at the Death of Jesus
A Staged-Reading Premiere
WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2:00 PM
WHERE: Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, 411 E. Clinton Avenue, Tenafly
TICKETS: $15 JCC members / $18 non-members
For more information, call Rabbi Steve Golden in the Judaic Department at 201.408.1426. For tickets, call 201.408.1458, or go to www.jccotp.org.
In Roman-occupied Judea, while Pontius Pilate was governor, the son of the Jewish High Priest leads an inquiry about a charismatic, young teacher, Jesus of Nazareth. It turns into a desperate effort to save his life and the lives of many other Jews from a Roman death-threat of a mass crucifixion.
Written by Rev. Robert R. Smith, an Episcopal priest—in part, as a rebuttal to Mel Gibson's The Passion—this new drama convincingly shows that Jesus was put to death by Pilate, not the Jews. Based upon persuasive evidence from Jewish, Greek and Christian texts, this play is compelling theater for all people regardless of faith, with a revealing new look at an ancient and controversial story.
The reading will be performed by Simon Feil (above), a member of SAG, whose professional work includes the off-Broadway hit Boozy, and recently appeared in Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep. The evening will also include a talk-back with Rev. Smith after the performance, followed by light refreshments.