One Hundred Gates
A Love Story in a World of Mysticism and Desire
Reiko Aylesworth & Michael Suvorov at JTNY's production of One Hundred Gates
Welcome to the Holy Neighborhood of Mea Shearim,
Where Satan Hides Under Women's Clothes,
Demons Dance Inside Men's Pants,
Angels Roam the Narrow Streets,
Spirits Sneak into Dark Bedrooms,
And the Dead Walk Beneath Your Feet.
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Set design by Mark Symczak
Neue Zürcher Zeitung (Switzerland)
"Hauntingly beautiful. I admire it."
"Written with an observer's sharp eye for cultural detail."
"The overflowing audience rejoiced - and so did I."
Set in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Mea Shearim, Jerusalem, this "rich, passionately written play" (The Jewish Week) tells the story of Moishe, the 18-year-old son of the late Grand Rabbi, who comes of age in a community where men dare not look at women and the dead are more powerful than the living. But Moishe's eyes wander between Heaven, where he senses the watchful eyes of his deceased father, and Earth, where he is enticed by the smiling face of a beautiful young girl at the bus stop. Who is she: Satan disguised as a creature of beauty? Or can she be the Holy Presence, God’s Feminine Side, disguised for a purpose too incomprehensible to contemplate?
One Hundred Gates incorporates authentic & secretive Jewish kabalistic texts, and is a “coming of age” story shrouded in ancient mystical Judaism.
Cast: 10. 6 male, 4 female.
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Read HERE about Father of the Angels, also occurring in Mea Shearim