Nathan the Wise Returns on Sept. 11

Posted: September 8, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment, the professional producing company in residence at George Mason’s Center for the Arts, will present a special staged concert reading of Nathan the Wise on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 8 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Concert Hall. The reading features F. Murray Abraham in the role of Nathan and many actors from the play’s original ensemble cast. Abraham is winner of a Best Actor Academy Award and a Golden Globe for his performance as Salieri in Amadeus.

The evening includes a preperformance discussion by John Esposito, recognized expert on Islam, professor at Georgetown University, and author of the best-selling book What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam. The discussion begins at 7 p.m. Following the reading, an informal audience exchange and analysis in the Concert Hall lobby will provide an opportunity to discuss the issues raised in the play.

Tom Prewitt, director of the world premiere production of Nathan the Wise, returns for this reading, and the production uses David McKeever’s original sound design.

Tickets are $25. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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