Nathan the Wise

In association with Theater J

From the play by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Adapted by Michael Bloom
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
Theater J | Dates TBA

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A 12th-century morality tale for the 21st century

In 12th century Jerusalem Jews, Christians, and Muslims live beside one another in peace—or so they hope. As tensions rise, the ruling sultan asks the question: “Which religion is the one most beloved by G-d?” Lives, and the future of Jerusalem itself, are on the line as the brilliant Jewish merchant Nathan tries to find the answer.

This 18th century Shakespearean play abounds with mistaken identities, foiled romances, and families and friendships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s moving and humorous new adaptation celebrates the common humanity that unites us all. 


Performance location: Theater J, 1529 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036