World Premiere of Night Blooming Jasmine at Tribeca Playhouse, Feb. 10

News   World Premiere of Night Blooming Jasmine at Tribeca Playhouse, Feb. 10 The Moonlight Group presents the world premiere of Moonlight artistic director Israela Margalit's Night Blooming Jasmine at the Tribeca Playhouse Feb. 10.
Frances Anderson and Ian Kahn in Night Blooming Jasmine.
Frances Anderson and Ian Kahn in Night Blooming Jasmine. (Photo by Photo by Carol Rosegg)

The Moonlight Group presents the world premiere of Moonlight artistic director Israela Margalit's Night Blooming Jasmine at the Tribeca Playhouse Feb. 10. Jeremy Dobrish directs the story of two star-crossed lovers in war ravaged Israel -- he is an Israeli Jew, she an Israeli Arab.

Featured in the cast are Emmy Award-winner Thom Christopher, Pierre Epstein, David Josefsberg, Frances Anderson, Joshua Annex, Melissa Gabriel, Ian Kahn, Tricia Paoluccio and Dean Strober.

In a statement, director Dobrish said he was attracted to the play as a Jew who had fallen away from his roots. "This seemed like a perfect opportunity to explore that side of myself through my work," Dobrish said. "The deeper I got into the play, however, the more I realized just how universal these themes are. Prejudice, intolerance, and hypocrisy affect us all in a myriad of ways."

Previews for Night Blooming Jasmine begin Feb. 10. The show opens Feb. 16 and runs through March 4. Tickets are $15 and are available through SmartTix at (212) 532-8887 or by visiting smarttix.com.

-- By Murdoch McBride