Nathan the Wise

Nathan the Wise

By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Adapted by Michael Bloom
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
Produced in association with Folger Theatre
February 17–March 14, 2021

AN 18TH CENTURY SHAKESPEAREAN FABLE

In 12th century Jerusalem Jews, Christians, and Muslims live beside one another in peace—or so they hope. As tensions rise, the ruling sultan asks the question: “Which religion is the one most beloved by G-d?” Lives, and the future of Jerusalem itself, are on the line as the brilliant Jewish merchant Nathan tries to find the answer. This 18th century Shakespearean play abounds with mistaken identities, foiled romances, and families and friendships across cultural and religious divides. Michael Bloom’s moving and humorous new adaptation celebrates the common humanity that unites us all. Starring Mitchell Hébert.