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CSC's Nathan The Wise announces complete casting

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

The Classic Stage Company has announced complete casting for its upcoming production of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's Nathan The Wise, adapted by Edward Kemp, which begins previews on 18 March 2016, before an official opening on 13 April, and a limited engagement through to 1 May 2016.

Two-time Tony nominee Stark Sands will take on the role of Templar alongside previously announced Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham in the title role. Further casting includes George Abud (Al-Hafi), Austin Durant (Saladin), John Christopher Jones (Brother), Shiva Kalaiselvan (Sittah), Caroline Lagerfelt (Daya) and Erin Neufer (Rachel).

Synopsis: "Jerusalem, 1192. Muslims, Christians and Jews live side by side thanks to a fragile truce that could collapse at any moment. As the tension mounts a question arises from the ruling Sultan: which religion is the one most beloved by God? Nathan, a pious Jewish merchant, is charged with answering this question to help secure the continued safety of his people."

Directed by Brian Kulick, the creative team behind Nathan The Wise features scenic design by Tony Straiges, costume design by Anita Tavich, lighting design by Joe Novak and sound design by Matt Stine.

F. Murray Abraham's Broadway credits include 'It's Only a Play,' 'Mauritius,' 'Triumph of Love,' 'A Month in the Country,' 'Angels in America,' 'Macbeth,' 'Teibele and Her Demon,' 'Legend,' 'The Ritz,' 'Bad Habits,' '6 Rms Riv Vu,' and 'The Man in the Glass Booth.' He won an Academy Award and Golden Globe in 1985 for "Amadeus." He also earned an Emmy nomination in 2015 for "Homeland." Other notable screen credits include "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Scarface," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Thir13en Ghosts," "Finding Forrester," "Star Trek: Insurrection," "Children of the Revolution," and "Last Action Hero."

Stark Sands earned Tony nominations in 2013 for 'Kinky Boots' and in 2007 for 'Journey's End.' He also starred on Broadway in Green Day's 'American Idiot.' His notable screen credits include "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Chasing Liberty," "Flags of Our Fathers," "11:14," and "Day of the Dead."

- by Tom Millward

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