Richard Easton, Hector Elizondo, Amy Pietz Set for New Jerusalem in Los Angeles

News   Richard Easton, Hector Elizondo, Amy Pietz Set for New Jerusalem in Los Angeles
Tony Award-winning actor Richard Easton will lead the cast of David Ives’ New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656, for L.A. Theatre Works in July.

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Easton (The Invention of Love, Coast of Utopia) originated the role of Saul Levi Mortera in the 2008 Off-Broadway production at Classic Stage Company, and will reprise his performances for Los Angeles audiences. Joining him are Golden Globe nominee Hector Elizondo, Andrea Gabriel, Arye Gross and Amy Pietz.

Rosaline Ayres will direct the production that will run July 13-15 at the Skirball Cultural Center.

According to LATW, "The play follows young philosopher Baruch de Spinoza as he faces excommunication from the Jewish community for his provocative, subversive new ideas. Often called the 'absolute philosopher' of the 17th century, Spinoza was a passionate advocate of rationalism, the idea that a man's intellect is superior to his senses. A Portuguese Jew living in Amsterdam, Spinoza's allegedly atheist beliefs not only shocked the Jewish community, but jeopardized their comfortable relationship with the surrounding Dutch society. With his special blend of cerebral language and wry humor, critically-acclaimed playwright David Ives gives Spinoza a chance to defend himself in front of a community of critics in a courtroom clash between religion and rationalism."

All LATW performances are recorded and broadcast on LATW's nationally syndicated radio theatre series, "The Play's the Thing."

For tickets to any of "The Play's the Thing" productions at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, call the L.A. Theatre Works box office at (310) 827-0889.

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