Reading of New Musical Edith Stein Will Feature Julie Foldesi, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Matt Leisy

News   Reading of New Musical Edith Stein Will Feature Julie Foldesi, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka, Matt Leisy The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series will continue June 28 with a reading of the new musical Edith Stein.

The 2 PM reading, according to the York's official website, will feature the talents Jennifer Dorr White, Julie Foldesi (Newsies), Kristen Gehling, Kristy Glass, Jonathan Hack, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Warren Kelley and Matt Leisy (The Fantasticks). Edith Stein features book and lyrics by Jonathan Matthew Gilbert and music by John Andrew Tarbet. Music director is Cherie Rosen.

Adapted from the play by Arthur Giron, the musical, according to the York, "explores the life of one of the most controversial Catholic saints. Born a Jew, Edith Stein served as a nurse in the Great War, converted to Catholicism, became a Carmelite nun, agitated for the Church to intervene in the Holocaust, and was later arrested by the Nazi's and executed in Auschwitz. Her canonization and a convent established in her name at Auschwitz would later provoke international outrage. Edith Stein explores the woman behind the controversy, the outcast seeking refuge, the skeptic searching for answers while hanging onto a desperate hope that mankind is worthy of salvation."

The reading is free to the public at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). For additional information, visit the readings page at www.yorktheatre.org.

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