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Reading of Feinsod’s ‘The Trial of Abraham’ set for Sept. 12

September 3, 2015

A public reading of a new play co-written by Terre Haute playwright Arthur Feinsod is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 at St. Gertrude's Social Hall in Chicago.

The project, "The Trial of Abraham," is a collaboration between Feinsod, an Indiana State University theater professor, and Indiana State alumnus Andrew Park, who wrote "Return of Neverland," which had its world premiere at Crossroads Repertory Theater. Scott Lamps, who wrote the music for "Return of Neverland," has composed new music for "The Trial of Abraham."

Feinsod, former artistic director of Crossroads Repertory Theater, is also the author of the play "Coming to See Aunt Sophie," performed locally in July 2014 following its world premiere in Germany and Poland. The play also enjoyed a recent sell-out run at the Fig Tree Theater in Sydney, Australia.

"The Trial of Abraham" is a powerful courtroom drama tackling the complicated and often violent relationship between Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Abraham, the father of all three faiths, is on trial as the court questions the fine line between faith and reason and whether or not Abraham is the source of division or a potential symbol of reconciliation. The staged reading will feature live music and an exceptional cast. After the reading, audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a talkback and meet the creative team.

Quest Theater will produce the fully staged production in spring 2016.

St. Gertrude's Social Hall is located at 1404 W. Granville Ave., Chicago. The performance is free, and no reservation is required.


Contact: Arthur Feinsod, professor of theater, Indiana State University, 812-237-3336 or