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The Ally

THE ALLY

THE ALLY In One Word | The Public Theater
Anspacher February 15 - March 24, 2024 2 hours and 35 min, including intermission

World Premiere

THE ALLY
By Itamar Moses 
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit) returns to The Public with the world premiere of THE ALLY, a fierce drama that gives voice to some of the most contentious and important questions of our time.

When college professor Asaf (Josh Radnor) is asked by a student to sign a social justice manifesto, what seems at first like a simple choice instead embroils him in an increasingly complex web of conflicting agendas that challenge his allegiances as a progressive, a husband, an artist, an academic, an American, an atheist, and a Jew. With tensions at an all-time high, Asaf is forced to confront the age-old question: “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), THE ALLY is a passionate, provocative, and unflinching new play about the vanishing line between the personal and the political.

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Tickets are $70*
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Accessibility at The Public
  • Open Caption performance Saturday, March 2, 1:00PM
  • Audio Description performance Saturday, March 9, 1:00PM
  • Sign Interpreted performance Thursday, March 14, 7:00PM
  • Mask Required performance Tuesday, March 19, 7:00PM


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Community Performance & Special Events
  • March 4, 7:00PM - Moderated Discussion at the Center for New Jewish Culture

A Conversation with Itamar Moses and Josh Radnor, moderated by Lonnie Firestone, presented by the Center for New Jewish Culture at CBE Temple House (274 Garfield Place, near the corner of 8th Avenue in Park Slope). Access tickets.

  • March 6, 7:00PM - Educators & Students Night

Join us for Educators & Student Night! If you are an educator or student, use code THEALLY40 to access tickets to this performance. 

  • March 11, 7:00PM - Speaking Up: The Role of Free Speech in College Life with Nikhil Pal Singh & Maya Wind

Nikhil Pal Singh, Chair of Social and Cultural Analysis and History at NYU and author of Black is a Country: Rade and the Unfinished Struggle for Democracy, joins his former student Maya Wind, scholar of Israeli expertise and militarism and author of Towers of Ivory and Steel: How Israeli Universities Deny Palestinian Freedom, in a conversation on the challenges of managing civil discourse on campus. Access tickets

 

  • March 18, 7:30PM - In Conversation at 92NY Center for Culture & Arts

Josh Radnor and Itamar Moses in Conversation at 92NY Center for Culture & Arts (1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128). Access tickets.

  • March 19, 9:30PM - Maysoon Zayid: A Night of Palestinian and Jewish Luminaries at Joe's Pub

Maysoon Zayid hosts a night of music, artistic expression, and conversation between palestinian and jewish luminaries featuring comics Jess Salomon & Eman El-Husseini, musician Leila Hegazay & more. Access tickets.

  • March 23, 4:30PM - Civil Dialogue in Action with Tarek El-Ariss & Susannah Heschel

Dartmouth professors Tarek El-Ariss and Susannah Heschel discuss effective strategies for fostering constructive dialogue on the Israel-Hamas conflict within the campus community. Access tickets

  • March 25, 7:00PM - Culture Bridges: The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding & The Public Theater 

Established in 1989 by Rabbi Marc Schneier and Joe Papp, founder of The Public Theater, The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding originally aimed to restore the historic Black-Jewish alliance in the US. It has since expanded to foster global Muslim-Jewish relations.  Join Rabbi Schneier and New York Times writer and Public Theater board member, Kwame Anthony Appiah, for an insightful discussion. Access tickets



PRODUCTION DETAILS.

Content and Production Effect Warning

Production effects and content sensitivities vary from person to person, and we encourage you to contact us ([email protected] or 212.967.7555) if you have questions about any production. THE ALLY includes active discourse about Israelis and Palestinians, police violence, and racism. This production uses haze and strobe lights.

Dive Deeper

  • Access THE ALLY Playbill.
  • March 4, 7:00PM:  A Conversation with Itamar Moses and Josh Radnor, moderated by Lonnie Firestone, presented by the Center for New Jewish Culture at CBE Temple House (274 Garfield Place, near the corner of 8th Avenue in Park Slope). Access tickets.
  • March 18, 7:30PM: Josh Radnor and Itamar Moses in Conversation at 92NY Center for Culture & Arts (1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128). Access tickets.
  • March 19, 9:30PM: Maysoon Zayid: A Night of Palestinian and Jewish Luminaries at Joe's Pub. Access tickets.
  • Events and Conversations for THE ALLY

Cast.

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Cherise Boothe

Nakia/Rabbi

CHERISE BOOTHE she/her (Nakia, Rabbi). Obie Award recipient for Fabulation Or, the Re-Education of Undine (Signature) and Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons/WP/La Jolla Playhouse). NY: Ruined (Goodman/MTC), Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Public Theater Lab). Regional: Barbecue (Geffen, NAACP Best Ensemble Cast), Familiar (Yale Rep). Film: Ricki and the Flash (opposite Meryl Streep), 42. TV: “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” “The Good Doctor,” “Westworld” and “Law and Order: SVU.” MFA from NYU Graduate Acting. 

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Elijah Jones

Baron

ELIJAH JONES he/him/his (Baron). The Public: Richard II (Free Shakespeare on the Radio with WNYC). Off-Broadway:Confederates (Signature Theatre, AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Ensemble). Regional:Bonez(People’s Light). Jones can currently be seen starring opposite Tom Holland, Sasha Lane and Amanda Seyfried in Apple TV+’s “The Crowded Room.” Education: Juilliard, Penn State. 

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Michael Khalid Karadsheh

Farid

MICHAEL KHALID KARADSHEH he/him/his (Farid). New York: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Most Oppressed of All (Target Margin Theater). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Sound), Tomorrow Will Be Sunday (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Sabra Falling (In the Heart of the Beast). Film/TV: “Everything’s Trash” (Freeform). Graduate of Columbia University MFA Acting. 

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Joy Osmanski

Gwen

JOY OSMANSKI (Gwen) is thrilled to make her debut at The Public. Osmanski has worked regionally at the Mark Taper, La Jolla Playhouse and San Jose Rep. Recent TV work includes roles in the DC series “Stargirl,” FOX’s “Duncanville” and Taylor Sheridan’s “1923.” She has narrated over 160 titles on Audible and is a multiple Earphones Award winner. MFA grad from the acting program at UCSD. Thank you C+C+S+W! 

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Josh Radnor

Asaf

JOSH RADNOR (Asaf). Broadway: Disgraced, The Graduate. Off-Broadway: Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center), Manhattan Theatre Club, Vineyard Theatre. Film: wrote, directed and starred in Liberal Arts (Sundance 2012) opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney and happythankyoumoreplease (Sundance Audience Award 2010); Social Animals; Afternoon Delight. Upcoming film: All Happy Families, 3 Birthdays. TV: Fleishman Is in Trouble,” “Hunters,” “Centaurworld,” “Rise,” “Mercy Street,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Six Feet Under,” “ER.” Music: Eulogy: Volumes 1 & 2, One More Then I’ll Let You Go. 

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Ben Rosenfield

Reuven

BEN ROSENFIELD (Reuven) can most recently be seen in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Additional screen credits include: “Mrs. America” (FX), “Twin Peaks” (Showtime), Mark, Mary & Some Other People, Mickey and the Bear, 6 Years (Netflix), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) and JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. On stage, Rosenfield starred in Through a Glass Darkly with Carey Mulligan, Atlantic's On the Shore of the Wide World, Roundabout’s Love, Love Love and Atlantic's Cornelia Street. 

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Madeline Weinstein

Rachel

MADELINE WEINSTEIN (Rachel). Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; The Real Thing directed by Sam Gold. Additional theatre includes Medea directed by Simon Stone (BAM) and the world premiere of Tracy Letts's Mary Page Marlowe directed by Anna D. Shapiro (Steppenwolf). Film: Between the Temples (upcoming selection Sundance 2024), Beach Rats (official selection Sundance 2017), the Netflix feature film Alex Strangelove and Queen of Glory. TV: “Mare of Easttown,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary” and “Shades of Blue.” 

Creative.

Itamar Moses
Playwright
Lila Neugebauer
Director
Lael Jellinek
Scenic Design
Sarita Fellows
Costume Design
Reza Behjat
Lighting Design
Bray Poor
Sound Design
Roxana Khan
Production Stage Manager
Claire M. Kavanah
Prop Manager
Jenn Elyse Jacobs
Stage Manager

Press.

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