The new year is only a couple days old, but it's not too early for some news on the 2002 Williamstown Theatre Festival, American's preeminent summer theatre event. Donald Margulies' latest, God of Vengeance, will be on the roster, Playbill On-Line has learned. As at Seattle's A Contemporary Theatre, Gordon Edelstein directs. Williams workshopped God of Vengeance in 2001. The adaptation of the Yiddish classic premiered at A Contemporary Theatre in April 2000.
God is Margulies first new work since the playwright won the Pulitzer Prize for Dinner with Friends.
The turn-of-the-century drama centers on a father, devoted to preserving his daughter's innocence in his home and increasing his reputation as an honorable man in the community, even as he runs a brothel in the basement. When the 1906 play was first translated into English in 1923 and performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York City, the producer, theatre owner and cast were arrested and found guilty of presenting an "immoral" entertainment.