The return of Theater J’s 2010 Sold-Out production


By David Ives
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore
Designed by HannaH J Crowell, Kathleen Geldard, Misha Kachman, Matt Nielson and Thom Weaver
Stage Managed by Roy Gross

Featuring Helen Hayes Award Nominees Alexander Strain and Michael Tolaydo with Lawrence Redmond, Michael Kramer, Brandon McCoy, Colleen Delany and Emma Jaster.

A literate, suspenseful retelling of the story of the 1656 interrogation of philosopher Baruch De Spinoza, New Jerusalem examines the clash between religion and modernity, faith and philosophy—questions that human beings continue to grapple with. The Washington Post raved, “A gallery of intriguing characters, nonstop enlightened argument and even—hold the phone—a socko finish.”

Videos from national symposium on April 1, 2012 debating the continuing writ of excommunication against Spinoza.

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"Cracklingly sarcastic, effortlessly intellectual...I trudged in feeling a little beat from a long Monday, and I ended up staying for the talk-back." - Washington City Paper

"This is no dry exercise in pedagogy; it's a vigorous act of theatrical investigation." - Washington Post

"It is a rare instance when a performance can take centuries old philosophy and make it seem fresh, exciting, and relevant, but Theater J has pulled it off with their scintillating production of New Jerusalem...The confluence of David Ives’ smart, provocative script, Jeremy Skidmore’s powerful direction, and the polished performances of his talented cast has resulted in a fascinating, soul-searching look into mankind’s struggle to define God and our relationship to the divine." - DC Theatre Scene








Playwright David Ives’s trademark humor has made him one of the most renowned contemporary playwrights in America. Mr. Ives most recently made headlines with his hit production of Venus In Furs at The Studio Theatre, his acclaimed adaptation of The Liar at the Shakespeare Theatre Company and the upcoming Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of his new adaption of The Heir Apparent. Ives authored the classic All in The Timing (1994), a collection of one-act comedies including The Philadelphia, Sure Thing and Variations on the Death of Trotsky. His play Don Juan in Chicago (2003) received the Outer Critic's Circle's John Gassner Playwriting Award and a Drama Desk nomination for outstanding play. The Washington Post recently quoted director Walter Bobbie deeming Ives "one of America's great wits" and a writer with "extraordinary range and intellectual muscle.” 

New Jerusalem will again be directed by Jeremy Skidmore, who received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Director of a Resident Play for his work on Forum Theatre’s Angels in America: Millennium Approaches. Other recent directing projects include My Name is Asher Lev at Round House Theatre and Dirty Blonde at Signature Theatre. He is currently pursuing his MBA, and working as the founding director of Capital Talent Agency.