After a sold-out 2019 season, Theater and Theology prepares for its Spring 2020 production...
MIRACLE ON S. DIVISION STREET
a comedy about what happens when we begin to question miracles
by the playwright who brought you Off the Derech Dolorosa,
Direction by Yael Valier / Design & Consultation by John Krug
Coming to the Khan Theater, Jerusalem, in the spring of 2020
Performance dates: May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 26, 27
June 2, 3, 4, 10, 11
Everyone knows that in 1942, the Virgin Mary appeared to Clara Nowak's father on their humdrum street in Buffalo, NY's East Side. When the play opens, a family meeting is in progress. Daughter Ruth divulges her plan to finally “go public” with the family miracle by creating a one-woman play about the sacred event. But during the course of the meeting, the entire family’s faith is shaken when new information comes to light, causing their belief in the miracle to begin to unravel. The results are heartfelt, hilarious, and relevant to anyone who believes, once believed, or wants to believe, in miracles.
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I chose to produce Tom Dudzick's deceptively naive Miracle on South Division Street
because, with humor and mercy, it gently unearths issues that all religions and religious people have to deal with. What happens when science, or academia, or our own curiosity holds a magnifying glass to our beliefs and forces us to pay attention? Can we maintain both belief and intellectual honesty? If so, how?
I greatly look forward to bringing Tom Dudzick's wonderful play to the Jerusalem stage and to inviting audiences to join me and my guest scholars in debating the issues after every performance.
Scenes from current and previous productions