A popular teacher, to teach critical thinking and provoke debate, tells his eleventh-graders that the Holocaust didn’t happen. When the press gets word, sharp battle lines are drawn in his small ski-resort town.
"Bottom Line: A difficult but rewardingly challenging play about the human need to probe information to make meaning of life and the probable manipulation of that impulse."
– Theatre Is Easy
"I’d be surprised if I don’t hear more about The Thirteenth Commandment soon."
– Daily Actor
The Thirteenth Commandment had public readings at Judson Church as part of their Magic Time series, and Jewish Ensemble Theatre. It was a semifinalist for both the Princess Grace Award and the Playwrights First Award in 2010.
The play received its world-premiere production April 18-May 5 at the Bridge Theatre in New York City, produced by Libra Theater Company. See Libra's season announcement on Broadway World.
Pictures from the production here.
The production had the following cast and creative team:
Tom - Justin Danforth
Phil - Joe Fellman
Beth - Glenna Grant
Natalie - Nora Hummel
Jason - Pete McElligott
Corey - Lauren Pennline
Pam - Jennifer Dorr White
Director - Tom Costello
Scenic Design - Andy Yanni
Costume Design - Travis Boatright
Lighting Design - Carl Wiemann
Assistant Direction - Jessika Doyel
Stage Management - Bridget Siebert
Fight Choreography - Alex Gould
Dramaturgy - Molly Marinik
Assistant Stage Management - Bryce Lorie
The production was nominated for seven 2013 New York Innovative Theater Awards, winning two*:
Outstanding Set Design – Andy Yanni
Outstanding Lighting Design – Carl Weimann
Outstanding Costume Design – Travis Boatright
Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role – Joe Fellman
Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role – Justin Danforth*
Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role – Lauren Pennline*
Outstanding Premiere Production of a Play
Other press about the production includes my interviews with:
Call Me Adam
Click here for a sample from the play.