Granada begins in 1992 as the King of Spain prepares to symbolically welcome Jews back to Spain after 500 years of banishment. A young Egyptian Jewish woman has been invited to stand in for all of those exiled—but following the ceremony, she reveals to Spain’s prince that she believes herself to be the resurrection of Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), philosopher, royal physician, and Jewish cultural icon. Quite suddenly, the prince’s world is not what it was before her revelation: he is pursued by a bear, seduced by a princess hatched from a grapefruit, and nearly betrayed by his trusty aide-de-camp. Is this the beginning of the Messianic age?
Bringing together characters and storytelling from Sephardic Jewish folklore and history and weaving from Spain to Israel to Morocco and back again, Granada explores issues of identity, both religious and national, and the uncanny link among followers of a tradition separated by continents but united by a state of exile.
Produced by Catherine Wallach and Polybe + Seats
Set and Costume Design: Peiyi Wong
Lighting Design: Natalie Robin assisted by Marika Kent
Dramaturgy: Miriam Felton-Dansky
Stage Manager/Associate Producer: Donald Butchko assisted by Dinah Finkelstein
Selected music performed by Anna Levenstein
Cast: Elaine O'Brien, Indika Senanayake, Lindsay Torrey, Sarah Sakaan, Jill Usdan
Thursday-Saturday at 8pm, Saturday matinee at 3pm, Sunday at 7pm
Theater: Access Theater
Address: 380 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Ari has been involved in numerous productions that include 3 NY Fringe Festival appearances, several productions with Polybe + Seats of which he is a company member, and frequent performances at the Bowery Poetry Club as part of Blue Box Productions of Sticky plays. His favorite credits also include Man in A New Television Arrives, Finally, Mole in The Battle of Spanktown, and Richard in Connie in Detroit. He has filled his quota of being a NY actor by appearing on Guiding Light and Law and Order: CI. Ari is originally from outside Boston and he remains a die-hard Boston sports fan living in enemy territory.