An identity crisis of comedic proportions, Shalom and Moira Blumenthal Productions in association with Darlinghurst Theatre Company presents the Australian premiere of James Sherman’s The God of Isaac at the Eternity Playhouse this September.
When Isaac Adams, a second-generation American Jewish journalist, learns of plans for a Nazi group to stage a demonstration in Skokie, Illinois, he wonders what, if anything, his involvement should be.
Because Isaac was raised in a non-observant home, his Jewishness had been of no relevance to him, “being Jewish meant no more than being right-handed.” Determined to find the truth, Isaac goes on a quest to find answers about his heritage, his mother, and himself.
Isaac questions a mixture of Jewish folk in his search – including his mother. Any seriousness is punctured with pop culture vignettes, recast with Jewish characters. The stars of Huckleberry Finn, On the Waterfront and The Wizard of Oz, among others, become members of the tribe. It’s hilarious… but it drives his mother crazy.
James Sherman is a celebrated American playwright whose work has been performed across the globe. His works include Mr. 80%, The Escape Artist, Beau Jest, This Old Man Came Rolling Home, Jest A Second!, Romance in D, From Door to Door, The Old Man’s Friend, Affluenza!, Half and Half, Relatively Close and Jacob and Jack.
“A warm, enjoyable search for roots, a search everyone in this society can identify with.” – Chicago Sun-Times
Director: Moira Blumenthal Featuring: Annie Byron, Tim McGarry, Alexis Fishman, Lloyd Alison-Young, Claudia Ware Set and Costume Designer: Hugh O’Connor Lighting Designer: Martin Kinnane Composer & Sound Designer: Tegan Nicholls
The God of Isaac
Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst
Season continues to 22 September 2019
Information and Bookings: www.darlinghursttheatre.com
Image: The God of Isaac – courtesy of Darlinghurst Theatre Company