Genre: Drama
written and directed by Robert Liebowitz

THE WISDOM THAT MEN SEEK. The New York International Fringe Festival in association with Genesis Repertory presents a new play by Robert Liebowitz. The play opens with the ghostly return of gangster Nathan Kessler (Joe LoGrippo) now dead twenty years. Nathan needs absolution from his embittered son, Michael, ( J. Michaels) or he will find no peace. Nathan employs memories from the "other side" to help him in his quest for forgiveness … and to stop his son from following in his footsteps. Flashbacks transport the audience to a battle zone in World War II; a Jewish home in Brooklyn circa 1969; a back-room poker game in 1955; a boxing ring in Hell; and Lulu's for corned beef… the lines there are shorter than at Irving's.

This hard-bitten drama is directed by Robert Liebowitz, with production design by Broadway staffer, Mary Elizabeth MiCari and lighting design by Shaun S. Orbin. Rounding out the cast is Michael Ruocco, Mitch Poulos , and introducing Artie Mezzo as Michael age 11. Eric Fitzgerald is production stage manager. 8/12 @ 7:45 p.m., 8/15 @ 3:45 p.m., 8/17 @ 2:30 p.m., 8/18 @ 4:30 p.m. and 8/24 @ 10:45 p.m. The Players Theatre 115 MacDougal Street (south of West 3rd St.) SUBWAY: A, B, C, D, E, F, V to West 4th Street PARKING: West 3rd and MacDougal. Tickets: $15. For tickets visit or call (in New York) or (outside New York) 1.888.FRINGENYC
About the Company: Genesis Repertory Ensemble, Inc.

Genesis Repertory makes theater accessible to both audience and artists, presenting the original texts of classical works but merging them with new locations, time periods, and casting choices. In this way, Genesis makes Shakespeare and his contemporaries exciting and understandable to a new generation; breathes new meaning into the great American plays and musicals, and leads the way for new works. This also creates greater challenges and opportunities for emerging artists.

Genesis upholds the ideologies that began with the Federal Theater movement of the 1930s and continues through to the off and off-off Broadway movements of the 21st Century.

Genesis opened its doors in 1999 with Hamlet. The production created what would become a trademark of Genesis – Shakespeare set in a unique time and place, while still remaining true to the original text. Hamletwas set in Washington 1963 and became known as “The Kennedy Hamlet.” Genesis exemplified this trademark with other classical works including:

  • Romeo & Julietin the streets of Brooklyn (Juliet was Palestinian);
  • The Merchant of Veniceon the eve of Kristalnaught;
  • Macbethin 1940s Argentina;
  • Faustusas a tribute to Orson Welles;
  • The Merry Wives of Windsorin a disco 1976;
  • Richard IIIin a Fellini-esque style utilizing puppetry with live action;
  • The Tempestset on a Forbidden Planet (presented at Kingsborough College in Brooklyn);
  • A Yorkshire Tragedy(one of Shakespeare’s “lost plays”) at LaMama;
  • The Spanish Tragedytributing the modern horror film;
  • and many others.


Genesis also serves as a sponsor of other companies and initiatives:

  • G.A.i.A.: Girl Artists Innovating Art (Productions: Medeaand Lysistrata);
  • Genesis Opera (the brainchild of Mary E. MiCari, founder of The Chelsea Opera) Productions: The Pirates of Penzance, Il Tabarro, Suor Angelica, Ariadne Auf Naxos
  • Anne & Fay’s House – Theater for Young Audiences: This foundation established by Genesis in honor of its greatest patrons continues to sponsors companies and initiates for the betterment of children and young artists
  • Project R.E.A.C.T. (Repertory of Emerging Artists from College Theater) Giving college students the opportunity to work professionally prior to graduation
  • ACT-OUT Acting School: John Stillwaggon’s acclaimed acting program, which now features master classes.
  • The King Series: The new plays division, named for Anthony King (Manhattan Theater Club and Genesis), presents original plays by leading playwrights including as Luigi Jannuzzi and Robert Liebowitz. The division turned out award-winning original works at The Samuel French Festival, Spotlight-On Festivals, and the New York International Fringe Festival.
Open:   08/12/07
Close:   08/24/07

8/12 @ 7:45 p.m., 8/15 @ 3:45 p.m., 8/17 @ 2:30 p.m., 8/18 @ 4:30 p.m. and 8/24 @ 10:45 p.m.
Theater:   Players Theatre
Address:   115 MacDougal Street
New York, NY
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Take the A, C E or F trains to West 4th Street

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