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New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656 - Full Length Play

New Jerusalem, The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Talmud Torah Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656

David Ives

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5m, 2f

ISBN: 9780822223856

Baruch de Spinoza is a young merchant and the heir apparent of Saul Mo…

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"This thoughtful work…paints the conflict between Spinoza's radical ideas and the oppressive religious doctrines of his times in an entertaining, highly accessible way…An engrossing historical drama." —NY Sun. "By focusing on Spinoza's expulsion from the Jewish community, fictionalizing facts and distilling Spinoza's philosophical writings into the interchanges at the excommunication, Ives has managed to create an intriguing courtroom drama—and he's done so with just seven characters and a good deal of Ivesian wit." —CurtainUp. "A richly intellectual work of theatre that will stimulate all sorts of curiosities about the most fundamental questions facing humanity. What nobler purpose for the stage exists?" —NYTheater.com. "Theocracy versus universalist science, a Reformation-era prequel to the Scopes trial, Inherit the Wind with a chilling extra touch of proto-Nazism…Comic imagery renders the ideas tangible without coarsening them…we learn enough to sense both the urgent bigness of Ives' subject and the power with which he's captured it." —Village Voice. "Riveting…Ives' fictionalized account of the event is fascinating and heartbreaking." —Huffington Post.
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David Ives

David Ives

David Ives is probably best known for his evenings of one-acts, collected as All in the Timing (Vintage Books) and Time Flies (Grove Press). His full-length work to date has been collected in Polish Joke and Other Plays (Grove). He is also the author of two young-adult novels, Monsieur Eek and Scrib. He lives in New York City with his wife, Martha. view full profile

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