Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright Joshua Harmon brings his critically acclaimed Prayer for the French Republic to Broadway, about one family’s history dealing with hatred and danger. Get Prayer for the French Republic tickets on TodayTix.
In 1944, a French Jewish couple wonders about the safety of their missing family members as well as themselves. In the present day, five generations later, their descendants living in the same part of Paris ask themselves the same question. See this ever-timely family drama about the lasting effects of anti-Semitism and the possibilities for hope.
A four-star New York Theatre Guide review of the play hails, "Joshua Harmon remarkably explores a century in the life of one Jewish family while folding in 1,000 years of Jewish history. And in a dramatic feat, the play does not collapse under its own weight. Instead, Prayer for the French Republic is a breathtaking work that skillfully balances the humanity of its characters with sprawling history."
If you missed the play at New York City Center, don't miss your chance to see it on Broadway this winter. Get tickets to Prayer for the French Republic in New York.
3h (incl. two 10m intermissions)
December 19th, 2023
February 4th, 2024
By: Joshua Harmon
Director: David Cromer
Producer: Manhattan Theatre Club
Cast list: Betsy Aidem (as Marcelle), Ari Brand (as Lucien), Molly Ranson (as Molly), Nancy Robinette (as Irma), Francis Benhamou (as Elodie), Anthony Edwards (as Patrick), Aria Shahghasemi (as Daniel), Ethan Haberfield (as Young Pierre), Richard Masur (as Pierre), Nael Nacer (as Charles), Daniel Oreskes (as Adolphe)
Design: Takeshi Kata
Costumes: Sarah Laux
Lighting: Amith Chandrashaker
Sound: Daniel Kluger
Other info: Original music by Daniel Kluger, hair and makeup design by J. Jared Janas, vocal coaching by Gigi Buffington
Elevator access, wheelchair access, assisted listening devices, on-demand closed captioning, open captioning, audio description, Braille and large print Playbills
Prayer for the French Republic is a play that opens with one couple living through World War II in 1944. Seventy years later, there's no threat of a world war to contend with, but the couple’s great-grandchildren experience modern acts of hatred, which make them contemplate leaving France altogether for Israel. The play gradually expands in scope as the ongoing question of the French Jewish family's safety gets passed down through five generations, all of whom repeatedly experience the effects of prejudice that began to fester long ago.
Harmon teamed up with Tony Award-winning director David Cromer (The Band's Visit) for the 2021 world premiere of the play at New York City Center, and Cromer returns to direct Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway. Manhattan Theatre Club produced both iterations of the show.
Joshua Harmon's critically acclaimed Off-Broadway play about generational bonds, fears, and changes comes to Broadway. In modern-day France, one Jewish family wonders whether they'll be safe where they are — the same question their great-grandparents asked during World War II.
Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway is at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, which is located in New York, NY, United States, 10036.
Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway runs for 3h (incl. two 10m intermissions).
Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway tickets are available on TodayTix. Get Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway tickets today.
Prayer for the French Republic on Broadway tickets start at $62.
Joshua Harmon wrote Prayer for the French Republic. The Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright is also known for Bad Jews, Admissions, and Skintight.
David Cromer directs Prayer for the French Republic. He also directed the play off Broadway, and he's best known for his Tony Award-winning direction of The Band's Visit on Broadway.
Prayer for the French Republic is recommended for ages 14 and up due to strong language, discussions of violence, and mature themes, including the Holocaust and anti-Semitism.
Prayer for the French Republic takes a sweeping and thoughtful look at Jewish history while keeping all the heart of a family drama. The show received rave reviews off Broadway, and the connections Harmon draws between the past and the present remain both timeless and timely.
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