Philip Roth’s fearlessly filthy, funny and moving novel takes the stage in this new play from Ariel Levy and John Turturro.
When his secret life of debauchery comes to a heartbreaking end, disgraced puppet maker Mickey Sabbath plunges into increasingly mad and maddening encounters with people from his wild and wicked past. Part ghost story, part love story, Sabbath’s Theater unleashes Roth’s power to shock and amaze in this profound meditation on mortality and juicy celebration of life.
Published in 1995, Sabbath’s Theater won that year’s National Book Award and was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize.
FOLCS and The New Group came together to present a special discounted performance of Sabbath’s Theater, followed by a live conversation with two thirds of the cast: John Turturro and Jason Kravits.
John Turturro is an actor and director whose film credits include Do the Right Thing; Barton Fink; Quiz Show; The Big Lebowski; The Truce, O Brother, Where Art Thou?. He has directed six films, including Mac, which won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes. On stage, Turturro won an Obie for Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and appeared in La Puta Vida, The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, Waiting for Godot, The Cherry Orchard and End Game. On television, Turturro won an Emmy for his role on “Monk” and starred in HBO’s “The Night Of” and “The Plot Against America” and can be seen currently in Apple’s series “Severance.”
Jason Kravits has appeared on Broadway in Sly Fox, Relatively Speaking and The Drowsy Chaperone. Other theater includes the City Center Encores production of The Golden Apple, and Ethan Coen’s A Play is a Poem at the Mark Taper Forum. TV credits include “Halston,” “The Undoing,” “The Practice,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Kominsky Method,” “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “Gilmore Girls.” Jason’s award-winning improvised musical, Off the Top! played to sold-out crowds at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, as well as in London, Adelaide, Amsterdam and Los Angeles, and can be seen regularly in NYC at Birdland and Joe’s Pub.