By H. Glenn Rosenkrantz | Nov 30, 2015
Actor and Playwright Jon Adam Ross Brings Modern Interpretation of Biblical Patriarch to Architectural Antiques in Minneapolis and Bedlam Theatre in Saint Paul
Nov. 18, 2015 – The Abraham Play, a one-man performance by noted actor and playwright Jon Adam Ross exploring modern interpretations of the iconic biblical patriarch, opens a two-week run in the Twin Cities on Dec. 10.
The play is the culmination of a nearly one-year exploration of the character by Ross, including conversations, teach-ins, arts workshops and study with segments of the Twin Cities population – a process that stamps the creative work with a uniquely local perspective.
The Abraham Play will be staged at Architectural Antiques in Minneapolis and the Bedlam Theatre in Saint Paul from Dec. 10 to 20. Tickets are available for order at www.inheiritance.org.
Minneapolis and Saint Paul are the premiere cities included in the broader Inheiritance Project, a series of five plays of which The Abraham Play is the first.
Subsequent plays interpreting other biblical characters will be performed in Austin, TX; Charleston, SC; Kansas City, MO; and Seattle during the next two years, making the Twin Cities the trigger for a national conversation and interconnectedness generated by Ross’s research, community engagements, and performances.
“This is an interview-based show, based on conversations with over 500 Minneapolitans aged 6 to 99, as I sought to get perspectives and experiences based on Abraham’s narrative from the Bible,” Ross said. “I took those and turned them into a play. The DNA of this community is woven through this production by design, and fuels it with a very singular and compelling strength.”
The project is funded by The Covenant Foundation, which advances Jewish community and education through a variety of innovative initiatives including the Inheiritance Project.
Ross, a resident of New York City, has performed in over 90 cities around the globe and previously appeared at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis in a production of “Relics.” He holds a BFA in Acting from NYU/Tisch and is a founding company member of Storahtelling and the Northwoods Ramah Theater Company. As a playwright, performer, and artist in residence, he has played and created in communities throughout North America.
More information: www.inheiritance.org