The Jew of Bologna

by  Jules Tasca

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f

Now in modern play form, The Jew of Bologna depicts the most sensational clash of religions in history. The church takes Edgardo Mortara, when he was a boy of six from his family, because a Catholic serving girl in the employ of the Jewish Mortara family baptized him when he was an infant...

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The Jew of Bologna

by  Jules Tasca

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 2f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Faith-based
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Now in modern play form, The Jew of Bologna depicts the most sensational clash of religions in history. The church takes Edgardo Mortara, when he was a boy of six from his family, because a Catholic serving girl in the employ of the Jewish Mortara family baptized him when he was an infant. The abduction of this child throws the Mortara family into a maelstrom of torture, as Edgardo's father, Solomone, and Mother Marianna, attempt to wrench their son, Edgardo, away from Papal authorities. The case becomes a worldwide concern as this small boy evolves into a cause celebre. Prevented from ever returning to his Jewish Family, ironically, Edgardo grows into an apologist for the church that separated him from his family. Eventually, Edgardo becomes a priest and cuts his ties with his Jewish past to the heartache of his family.
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Keywords

Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Church / Religious Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Victorian (British and American), 19th Century
  • Setting: A priest's sitting room in a church; Poitier, France. 1873. 
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

4m, 2f

EDGARDO MORTARA - a 21 year-old convert. 
SOLMONE MORTARA - a Jewish upholsterer and Edgardo's father. 
MARIANNA MORTARA - Edgardo's mother. 
PIUS IX - the Pope. 
BRIGADIER AUGOSTINO - a Papal policeman. 
A CLOAKED FIGURE - messenger. 
FATHER FELETTI - an Inquisitor. 
FATHER SARRA - a Rector. 
SABATINO SCAZZOCCHIO - a Jewish leader. 
CARDINAL ANTONELLI - Papal Secretary of State
ANNA MORISI - a servant. 
SISTER KATRINA - an instructor in the House of the Catechumens. 
SISTER MARY JOAN - a French sister. 

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Cast Attributes

  • Expandable casting
  • Flexible casting
  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

Casting Notes

Two male actors play Edgardo and Solomone. All other characters are played by two males and two females with obvious costume changes. 

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Authors

Jules Tasca

Jules Tasca has taught playwrighting through I.U.P. at Oxford University in England and he has performed with a Commedia dell'arte group in Central Italy. He is the author of over 125 (full length and one-act) published plays that have been produced in numerous national theaters from the Mark Taper For ...

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