Messiah Festival Theatre Production – Nathan the Wise

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Date: April 11, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:15 pm
Location: J. O. Sundstrom Building

In a modern adaptation by Paul D’Andrea, the Bethany Theatre presents story of Nathan The Wise. The play was originally created as a dramatic poem by G. E. Lessing. Lessing based his play on a story in Boccacio, and Boccacio based his story on a still earlier legend.

Nathan, a Jewish merchant, must balance his life between the power of the Saladin, the Muslim ruler – and the Christian Crusaders. In the course of this balancing act we see how the wise man acts – and the role of religion in the life of a wise man. Lessing was interested in the question of the “correctness” of the doctrine of the three great religions of the book – Islam, Judaism and Christianity, and this play examines that question.

Performed at the J. O. Sundstrom building, admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. As always, Bethany students, faculty and staff are admitted with their ID.