The 2 PM reading features the talents Jennifer Dorr White, Julie Foldesi (Newsies), Kristen Gehling, Kristy Glass, Jonathan Hack, Darren Bluestone, Warren Kelley (More of Our Parts on Theatre Row) and Matt Leisy (The Fantasticks). Edith Stein has 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 yorktheatre.org.