The Spanish Prayer Book is a testament to the human condition and is, ”Inspired by true events and a late twentieth-century court case, and using projected images from the books themselves, the play explores the allure of sacred manuscripts, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections.”
Meet your Playwright:
Angela J. Davis has been a Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center – National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalist and a PlayPenn National New Play Development Conference Finalist. Her play, The Spanish Prayer Book, was one of six official selections for the 2017 FutureFest, the national new-play festival hosted by the Dayton Playhouse. Her writing has appeared in numerous national publications, including a University of Iowa Press anthology, and she has received a Pushcart Prize nomination. Angela studied comparative literature at Stanford and lives and writes in Los Angeles, where she is also a practicing attorney and adjunct professor at Southwestern Law School (formerly at USC Law School). She is also the creator of an award-winning multi-media program on elimination of bias in courtroom environments.
Meet your Director:
STEVEN ROBMAN’s recent work in Los Angeles includes stagings of Eugene O’Neill’s Ah Wilderness! At A Noise Within, Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at the Antaeus Theatre Company, Sebastian Barry’s The Steward of Christendom, starring Brian Dennehy, at the Mark Taper Forum, Bernard Weinraub’s Above the Fold, with Taraji P. Henson, at the Pasadena Playhouse, and Kathryn Graf’s The Snake Can at the Odyssey Theatre. Other work at the Taper includes Babbitt, Hoagy, Bix and Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhaus, and Made in America. Off-Broadway he directed premieres of Wendy Wasserstein’s Uncommon Women and Others and Isn’t It Romantic, as well as Ron Hutchinson’s Says I, Says He and John Lithgow’s Kaufman at Large, at the Phoenix Theatre, Alan Knee’s Santa Anita ’42 and Mr. Knee’s adaptation of The Minister’s Black Veil at Playwright’s Horizons, and the New York premiere of Gardner McKay’s Sea Marks at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Other work in regional theatre includes the premieres of The Gin Game at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville and Moonlight and Magnolias and High Holidays at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre, as well as productions of Rat in the Skull at Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Bonjour, La, Bonjour and Right of Way at the Guthrie Theatre, Born Yesterday at Baltimore Center Stage, Bosoms and Neglect and Union Boys at Yale Repertory Theatre, Alphabetical Order, The Rose Tattoo, and The Bathers at the Long Wharf Theatre, and The Desert Dwellers at Washington’s Arena Stage. This fall he will direct Glen Berger’s Underneath the Lintel at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
JOAN…Laura Gardner (AEA)
JACOB…Joel Polis (AEA)
ALEXANDER…Arye Gross (AEA)
CUSTOMS OFFICIAL, LAW CLERK, AUCTION ASST…Cherish Monique Duke (AEA)
Sunday, July 30th 8:00 pm
The Road on Lankershim
(5108 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601)
No reservations or advance tickets.
Admission is a $15 suggested donation.
Or buy a festival pass for a $50 suggested donation!
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