Focusing on the 1656 interrogation of the noted philosopher Baruch De Spinoza (Strong) by the Jewish community of Amsterdam for his controversial ideas, "New Jerusalem" examines the clash between religion and modernity that Jews, Christians and Muslims are still, some 350 years later, struggling to reconcile. (Broadway)
Martin Denton of NY Theatre wrote in his review of the play:
The excellent [Tony Award winning] actor Richard Easton portrays Mortera in "New Jerusalem," and there is a wonderful moment when we see that Spinoza has finally convinced him of the truth of his ideas; it's a stunning, cataclysmic moment, reflected on Easton's face and in his body language, reminding us that once a revolutionary idea gets released into the universe, it can never be taken back: progress, such as it is, can only go in a forward motion.
"New Jerusalem" has been extended one week, and runs throught February 10, 2008 at the Classic Stage Company, 136 East 13th Street, New York, NY.