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Nathan the Wise Poster

Nathan the Wise by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Directed by Kaarin Johnston
Colman Theater, College of Saint Benedict
October 19-24, 2017

Show times:

October 19, 20, 21, 23, 24 at 7:30 pm

October 21 and 22 at 2:00 pm

Jerusalem, 1192.  A Sultan, a Dervish, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, A Friar, a Templar knight and Nathan the Jew live side by side thanks to a fragile truce that could collapse at any moment.  Nathan has raised a Christian infant according to good moral principles rather than a specific religion so she may decide for herself the "true" religion.  When the ruling Sultan asks, "which religion is the one most beloved by God?" a pious Nathan, finds a way to answer him.  When this play was written in the 1700's the pope refused to let it be produced; today this 240 year old play's message is terrebly relevant.  It is being produced in part to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Collegeville Institute.

Congratulations to the Cast

George Dornbach, Kevin Duong, Marisela Weber, Farrad Williams, Gabriel Kwan, Andrew Noah, Emerita Palencia, Breana Burggraff, Matthew Kurpiers