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Nathan the Wise
Nathan the Wise
By Paul D'Andrea after G.E. Lessing. Translation by Gisela D'Andrea and Paul D'Andrea.

Cast: 6m., 3w. (Doubling and expansion possible.) Nathan the Wise is the Western classic on religious tolerance. It offers a vision of Jews, Christian and Muslims as People of the Book, united by a shared and reverenced text, mutually respectful, giving one another rich gifts of particularity. In Jersalem in 1192, at the time of the Third Crusade, the Muslim sultan Saladin declares a truce in which Muslim, Christian and Jew are to live in harmony. The fragile peace is broken by a fiery young Templar and further threatened by Saladin's sister, the lady Sittah, and Heraklios, the Christian patriarch. Nathan is a wise and wealthy Jewish merchant whose wealth is sought by Sittah and Heraklios. The Christian Templar rescues Nathan's precocious daughter Recha from a fire. The two young people, Jew and Christian, are drawn to each other in love, a love which is fostered by Recha's nurse, Daya. Aided by a ubiquitous friar and a picaresque dervish, the two young people come up with an imaginative resolution to the issue of which is the one true faith, during the trial at which Nathan must defend his life. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  N54
Cast Size:  9
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  78
Royalty:  $80.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  105 min.
Categories
Target Audience: Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: Middle Schools | High Schools | College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 1583422722
Publication Date: 05/03/2005
Biographies
Paul D'Andrea graduated Harvard Phi Beta Kappa in physics, studied philosophy at Oxford and earned a Ph.D. in Shakespeare studies from Harvard. He has written plays about Einstein, Saladin, Lorenzo de' Medici, and the jurist Oliver Wendell Holmes. Bully, winner of the CBS/Foundation of the Dramatists Guild prize, portrays an actual American community that voted to murder its local bully ...More
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This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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