Genre: Comedy
by Martin Sherman

Messiah, previously staged in 1983 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, follows a group of Jews in 1690 Poland who think they have found their messiah in the mysterious figure of Sabbatai Sevi. Rachel, a homely young woman, is swept up in the mass hysteria that erupts when her village, traumatized years before by marauding Cossacks, sacrifices everything in the name of this Sabbatai. As she is forced to confront her doubts and beliefs simultaneously, Rachel must ultimately choose between fantasy and reality.

Based upon fact, the black comedy speaks to religious fanaticism, blind faith and a community's hysterical belief in divine salvation.

About the Company: Workshop Theater Company

Now in its 13th season, the WorkShop Theater Company specializes in the development of new plays. The company also nurtures the talents of actors, playwrights and directors with the presentation of readings and workshops as well as fully staged plays, and musicals. The company’s two-theater complex on 36th Street includes the 65-seat main stage theater and the 35-seat Jewel Box theater. The award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND, began as the stage play “THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN” by ALLAN KNEE presented by the WorkShop Theater Company in 1998. The WorkShop has also presented premiere productions of the plays “Angel Wings” by Murray Schisgal (who is best known for “Luv” and the screenplay of Tootsie) and “1348” by Tom Dulack (author of the Off-Broadway hit “Breaking Legs”). For more information on the WorkShop Theater Company and their 2007 season lineup, please visit

Open:   03/30/06
Close:   04/08/06

Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm
Theater:   Workshop Theater
Address:   312 West 36th Street
New York, NY
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(Take the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E trains to 34th Street)

Cost:$15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors or Call: at (212) 695-4173
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