The Public Theater Will Host a Conversation Series Inspired by The Ally | Playbill

Off-Broadway News The Public Theater Will Host a Conversation Series Inspired by The Ally

The world premiere from playwright Itamar Moses follows a liberal, academic, American, atheist, and Jewish professor asked to sign a social justice manifesto.

Josh Radnor in The Ally Joan Marcus

The Public Theater's Itamar Moses world premiere The Ally has people talking, and the Off-Broadway company wants to keep that conversation going. The theatre will host a number of conversations connected to the new play, which opened at the company's Anspacher Theater February 15 and is running through March 24. Read the reviews here.

The first talk will be held at Congregation Beth Elohim Chapel March 4 at 7 PM. Moses and The Ally star Josh Radnor will be joined by journalist Lonnie Firestone. Tickets, beginning at $10, are available here.

A March 11 talk at the Public will feature Nikil Pal Singh, chair of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at New York University, and Maya Wind, his former student and Killan Postdoctoral Fellow in Anthropology at UBC, with moderator Alexa Smith. Titled Speaking Up: The Role of Free Speech in College Life, the event will cover the challenges of campus discourse. This talk is free and open to the public, with reservations encouraged at

92NY and The Public will co-present a conversation as part of 92NY's Recanati-Kaplan Talks series March 18, with Moses and Radnor joined by a moderator to be announced. The event will be available to in-person audiences along with streaming live. Tickets are available here.

Back at The Public, Dartmouth College professors Tarek El-Ariss and Susannah Heschel will lead a conversation titled Civil Dialogue in Action March 23 between the matinee and evening performances of The Ally. This talk is free and open to the public, with registration encouraged at

A final event is planned for March 25, one day after the production completes its run. Rabbi Marc Schneier and Kwame Anthony Appiah will be on hand for a talk titled Culture Bridges: The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and The Public Theater. This final talk is also free and open to the public, with registration encouraged at

Radnor leads the cast of The Ally as Asaf, a college professor who's thrown into conflict as a liberal, husband, academic, American, atheist, and Jewish person when he's asked to sign a social justice manifesto. Also in the cast are Cherise Boothe as Nakia, Elijah Jones as Baron, Michael Khalid Karadsheh as Farid, Joy Osmanski as Gwen, Ben Rosenfield as Reuven, and Madeline Weinstein as Rachel. Casting is by Jordan Thaler and Kate Murray.

READ: Josh Radnor Is Exploring What It Is to Be Jewish Today

The production features scenic design by Lael Jellinek, costume design by Sarita Fellows, lighting design by Reza Behjat, sound design by Bray Poor, and prop management by Claire M. Kavanah. Roxana Khan serves as production stage manager, and Sarah Lunnie as dramaturg.


Photos: The Ally At The Public Theater

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