Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere production of Prayer for the French Republic officially opened February 1 at New York City Center – Stage I Off-Broadway, following previews that began January 13. The production is scheduled to run through February 27.
Tony winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit) directs the new drama from playwright Joshua Harmon (Significant Other, Bad Jews). The begins in 1944 with a Jewish couple awaiting news of their missing family, and follows five generations of a French Jewish family in its examination of history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred.
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The ensemble cast features Betsy Aidem (All the Way), Yair Ben-Dor, Francis Benhamou, Ari Brand, Pierre Epstein (Filumena), Peyton Lusk (Falsettos), Molly Ranson (Plaza Suite), Nancy Robinette (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), Jeff Seymour, Kenneth Tigar (Fish in the Dark), and Richard Topol (Indecent).
The show’s creative team includes scenic designer Takeshi Kata, costume designer Sarah Laux, hair and makeup designer J. Jared Janas, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, and sound designers Lee Kinney and Daniel Kluger, the latter also providing original music. Richard Hodge serves as production stage manager.