John Turturro, Elizabeth Marvel, Jason Kravits Will Star in New Group World Premiere of Sabbath's Theater | Playbill

Off-Broadway News John Turturro, Elizabeth Marvel, Jason Kravits Will Star in New Group World Premiere of Sabbath's Theater

Turturro and Ariel Levy penned the stage adaptation of the Philip Roth novel.

John Turturro, Elizabeth Marvel, and Jason Kravits

Casting is set for the New Group's world premiere of Sabbath’s Theater, adapted from the Philip Roth novel by John Turturro and Ariel Levy. Launching the company's 2023-2024 season, performances are scheduled for October 10-December 3 at The Pershing Square Signature Center's Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Opening night Off-Broadway is November 2.

Directed by Jo Bonney (Cost of Living), the cast will feature Turturro (Severance, The Night Of, Life (x) 3) as Mickey Sabbath, Elizabeth Marvel (Other Desert Cities, Homeland, House of Cards) as Drenka, with additional roles played by Jason Kravits (Relatively Speaking, The Practice, Off the Top!).

Sabbath's Theater follows disgraced puppet maker Mickey Sabbath, whose secret life of debauchery comes to a heartbreaking end as he plunges into increasingly mad and maddening encounters with people from his wild and wicked past.

Co-adapters Levy and Turturro share, "What drew us to adapting the filthiest of Philip Roth’s novels? Its morality. Its tenderness. Its comic intensity. The deep exploration of our human frailties, our repulsiveness, our vulnerability, our grief, our contradictions, and our capacity for love."

The upcoming production will also have choreography by Kelly Devine, scenic and costume design by Arnulfo Maldonado, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Mikaal Sulaiman, and casting by Judy Henderson. The production stage manager is Valerie A. Peterson, and the assistant stage manager is Stephen Michael Varnado. 

Published in 1995, Sabbath's Theater won that year’s National Book Award and was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize.

The world premiere is produced by The New Group with Karen Brooks Hopkins.

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