Sands returns to CSC following his performance in The Tempest, along with Abraham ("The Grand Budapest Hotel"), who starred in Galileo. This time Abraham will take on one of the greatest Jewish characters in Western literature, the title role in Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan the Wise, adapted by Edward Kemp and directed by Brian Kulick.
Performances will begin March 23 with an official opening night tapped for April 13. The limited engagement is scheduled to run through May 1.
The cast also includes George Abud, Austin Durant, John Christopher Jones, Shiva Kalaiselvan, Caroline Lagerfelt and Erin Neufer. Set design is by Tony Straiges with costumes by Anita Tavich, lighting by Joe Novak and sound by Matt Stine.
The classic stage work is set in Jerusalem in 1192, when Muslims, Christians and Jews lived side by side thanks to a fragile truce. "As the tension mounts a question arises from the ruling Sultan: 'which religion is the one most beloved by God?' Nathan, a pious Jewish merchant, is charged with answering this question to help secure the continued safety of his people," state press notes.
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