May 1- 18th at the Theater at the 14th St. Y
Inspired by five unique narratives in the book of Genesis, these plays were devised between
2015-2017 in Minneapolis, Charleston, Austin, Seattle and Kansas City.
THE ABRAHAM PLAY (Minneapolis/St Paul)
Hoping for a quick windfall of inheritance, Abe, a Wall Street stock jock, returns to the office of his recently deceased, estranged father searching for a lost deed. Among the piles of papers strewn about the office he doesn’t find the deed. Instead he finds a scavenger hunt his father has left behind for him - and the audience holds the clues.
THE REBECCA PLAY (Charleston)
The matriarch Rebecca played favorites among her sons, Esau and Jacob, believing one to be the rightful heir. This play marries that narrative to the story of the city of Charleston. The city becomes a mother playing favorites among her children, White and Black. Through a series of scenes and monologues, two actors explore rivalry, racism and how each brother reacts when the roles are reversed.
THE JACOB PLAY (Austin)
A play that, quite literally, asks Jacob to wrestle with his role as brother, husband, and man of God. The Jacob Play introduces a tag team tussle between Jacob & Rebecca vs Esau and Isaac, a Battle Royale of Leah vs. Rachel vs. Jacob vs. Laban, and finally, the MAIN EVENT: Jacob vs. The Angel of the Lord. Get ready for a hard-hitting, smackdown, knockout wrestling extravaganza - it’s the event of the millennium!
THE LEAH/RACHEL PLAY (Seattle)
A historian unearths an ancient papyrus about sisterhood and struggles with what it means for a man to have made this discovery that reveals so much about female identity. And as a new father to twin baby girls, he’s looking for advice anywhere he can get it. Created in collaboration with Emmy-award winning filmmaker Ilana Trachtman (Praying with Lior).
THE SARAH PLAY (Kansas City)
Three actors struggle with how to tell the ancient, sacred story of Sarah and Hagar, the mothers of Isaac and Ishmael, through a modern lens. Drawing from the Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions, and trying various iterations to determine which religion’s version of the narrative gets told, the actors wrestle with how to tell a tale when there are multiple accounts of what happened.