for the New City
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director
FOR THE POPE
A picaresque spy story of a free thinking philosopher
(and his some time lover) recruited by the Vatican for an impossible mission:
to prevent the Thirty Years War.
by Douglas Lackey
Directed by Alexander Harrington
L: Giulio Cesare Vanini's bust by Eugenio Maccagnani, 1886.
R: Medallion by Ettore Ferrari
November 9 to 26, 2023
Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., NYC
sweeping historical drama charts the tragic career of Giulio Caesare
Vanini (1585-1619), an Italian philosopher. In this telling, he
is recruited by the Vatican for an impossible mission: stopping
the Thirty Years War by reconciling Catholic and Protestant antagonisms
in key European countries.
the New City (TNC), which has been playwright Douglas Lackey's theatrical
home since 2003, will present the work's premiere run November 9
Alexander Harrington, who has collaborated with Lackey on four prior
plays and shares his interest in historical drama. All of Lackey’s
previous plays have been praised for their deft mixtures of philosophy,
romance and politics.
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Eric P. Loscheider (R) plays
Giulio Cesare Vanini and Jordan Stidham (L) plays Brother Markus.
Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
Eric P. Loscheider* as Giulio Caesare Vanini
Jordan Stidham* as Brother Markus
Courtney Stennett* as Princess Elizabeth
Pat Dwyer*, Joseph J. Menino*, Brian Ott *, Daniel Yaiullo
designer: Jennifer Varbalow
Lighting designer: Corey Goulden-Naitove
Costume designer: Anthony Paul-Cavaretta
Projection Designer: Daniel McKleinfeld
Animator: Gabriel Freire
Movement Specialist: Caitlin Rigney
Fight Choreographer: JaneAnne Halter
Production Stage Manager: Roger Lipson*
Production Manager: Mitchell Strong
Press Representative: Jonathan
= appears courtesy Actors Equity Assn.
November 9 - 26, 2023
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
Thu, Fri, Sat at 8:00 PM, Sun at 3:00 PM
No performance Thanksgiving, Nov 23.
Added show Wed, Nov 22 at 8:00 PM.
Tickets $18; students and seniors $15
Running time: 2 hours