In partnership with the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company, Bookclub-in-a-Box is offering tickets to the March 30 (7 p.m.) and April 2 (8 p.m.) performances of the Canadian premiere of an off-Broadway hit, David Ives’ New Jerusalem. The tense courtroom drama, directed by Mitchell Cushman, reenacts the life of Baruch de Spinoza, a 17th-century Jewish-Dutch philosopher. Regular ticket prices are $57.63, but you only pay $48 (tax included) when you buy through Bookclub-in-a-Box!
Venue: Studio Theatre at the Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge St.)
BONUS OFFER: Every ticket purchased for either of these performances enters you into a draw to win an additional two free tickets to the show, so you can bring your friends along, or use them for a different night! (Saturday evenings excluded.) Contest winners will also receive two free copies of the script of New Jerusalem. Winners will be notified by email on March 14.
Post-show discussion: After the show, there will be a discussion with Bookclub-in-a-Box founder Marilyn Herbert about how the themes in New Jerusalem relate to the following books:
· The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom
· The Coffee Trader by David Liss·
· The Essence of Spinoza’s Ethics by Benedictus de Spinoza
About NEW JERUSALEM: As the inquisition bears down on them, a small Jewish community flees Portugal to find a tenuous peace in seemingly liberal Amsterdam. But Spinoza, a favourite son of the community and the Rabbi’s heir apparent, is a revolutionary thinker. When the boldness of his ideas strains the bounds of Amsterdam’s professed tolerance, it leads to a dangerous confrontation between powerful political forces and this own beloved community. Based on true events in the life of one of the greatest philosophers in history, this recent off-Broadway hit from playwright David Ives challenges traditional, political and religious thinking with conviction, passion and wit.