Conviction by Oren Neeman at 59E59's Theatre B

Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater present the NY premiere of Conviction, by Oren Neeman, adapted by Ami Dayan and Mark Williams and directed by Jeremy Cole, opening at 59E59's Theater B on 23 Feb 2010, following previews from 16 Feb and running through to 21 Mar 2010.

Conviction: In Franco's 1960s Madrid, an Israeli scholar is detained and questioned by a Spanish official for stealing a confidential Inquisition file. Together, interrogator and interrogated become drawn to the file's wrinkled yellow pages and unravel the ill-fated love affair between the converted Spanish priest, Andrés González (1446-1486), and his Jewish wife, Isabel.

Based on the Yonatan Ben-Nachum's novel 'Confession' (winner of the 2001 Prime Minister Prize for Hebrew Literature), Conviction received the prestigious 1996 Theatre Netto Festival Prize in Tel Aviv and played for five seasons in the repertoire of Habima, Israel's National Theatre.

In 2008, the Denver Center Theatre Company commissioned a new adaptation by Israeli actor/director Ami Dayan. The piece was performed and developed at OnStageIsrael Festival in Chicago, which was presented at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, as well as The Rubicon International Theatre Festival in California and The Denver Center Theatre Company. It will return to the Victory Gardens Theater after its 59E59 run.

The cast features Ami Dayan, Kevin Hart and Catharine Pilafas.

The design team includes Jacob M. Welch (Lighting Designer), Kevin Brainerd (Costume Designer) and Annette Westerby (Props).

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