Nathan the Wise

Produced in association with Theater J

From the play by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Adapted by Michael Bloom
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
March 16 – April 10, 2022
This production closed April 10, 2022.

An 18th-Century, Shakespeare-Styled Fable

In 12th-century Jerusalem, Jews, Christians, and Muslims live side by side in peace—or so they hope. As tensions rise, the ruling sultan asks: “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 seeks an answer.

This funny and timely 18th-century Shakespeare-styled play is chock full of mistaken identities, foiled romances, and relationships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s smart new adaptation celebrates the common humanity that unites us all.

Please visit Theater J's website for more information.

Read Peter Mark's review of Nathan the Wise in The Washington Post.

Read The Washington Post's feature on the play from the March 18 edition of the 'Weekend' section.

Read the American Theatre Magazine story on Michael Bloom adapting Nathan the Wise.

 

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

 

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Who's Who

Sittah
Nathan
Templar
Patriarch
Daya
Al-Hafi
Rachel
Adapter
Director and Theater J Artistic Director
Scenic Design
Costume Design
Lighting Design
Sound Design
Choreographer
Props Design
Cultural Competency Consultant
NYC Casting Agency
Casting Director
Production Stage Manager

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Jo Twiss as Daya, Em Whitworth as Rachel, and Eric Hissom as Nathan in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

Jo Twiss as Daya, Em Whitworth as Rachel, and Eric Hissom as Nathan in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

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Jo Twiss as Daya, Em Whitworth as Rachel, and Eric Hissom as Nathan in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

 

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

Jo Twiss as Daya, Em Whitworth as Rachel, and Eric Hissom as Nathan in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

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Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Salah ad-Din and Sarah Corey as Sittah in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Salah ad-Din and Sarah Corey as Sittah in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

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Eric Hissom as Nathan in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

Eric Hissom as Nathan in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

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Drew Kopas as the Templar and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Salah ad-Din in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

Drew Kopas as the Templar and Maboud Ebrahimzadeh as Salah ad-Din in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

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Sarah Corey as Sittah and Em Whitworth as Rachel in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

Sarah Corey as Sittah and Em Whitworth as Rachel in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

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The cast of Nathan the Wise in Theater J’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Photo Credit: 
Ryan Maxwell Photography

The cast of Nathan the Wise in Theater J and Folger Theatre’s production of Nathan the Wise, playing through April 10. Photo by Ryan Maxwell Photography.

Produced in association with Theater J.