The Friends of the Cranford Public Library invite everyone to attend a live theatrical performance - from the safety and comfort of your living room. New Jersey’s own Theater Project will present a virtual script-in-hand reading of "Two Jews," an original short play by Martin Coren. The reading will be followed by a question and answer session with the audience, director, playwright and cast. Funds benefiting the Theater Project have been provided by the Friends of the Cranford Public Library.
"Two Jews" is inspired by a true story: In 1865, Abraham Lincoln sent his closest Jewish friend, Issachar Zacharie, behind Confederate lines to meet with Judah P. Benjamin, also Jewish, the Secretary of State for the Confederate States of America. His mission: to explore the possibility of a peace treaty following Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg. In the background of this failed peace negotiation to end the Civil War, the two emissaries from opposing sides negotiate over the fate of Philip Green, an enslaved Black man working for Zacharie, and unravel the secret of that relationship.
After college, playwright Martin Coren lived for two years in Israel, where "Brothers" won Best Play at the Israel Fringe Theatre Festival. He returned to the United States and earned an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. Since then, he has had several staged readings and productions. "The Gentle Jewess of Venice," a sequel to Shakespeare’s Venetian play, won First Prize in the 2017 New Play Festival at Jewish Ensemble Theatre.
The Theater Project is an acclaimed professional theater group and the winner of two New Jersey Tony Awards. Learn more about them at www.thetheaterproject.org. The Cranford Public Library is committed to providing high-quality resources and events throughout the current epidemic. Learn more at www.cranfordlibrary.org.