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Prayer for the French Republic

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Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) is back with a brand new play.
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About Prayer for the French Republic

In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately awaits news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors: “Are we safe?” Following five generations of a French Jewish family, Prayer For The French Republic is a sweeping look at history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred.

This powerful world premiere comes from acclaimed playwright Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews, Significant Other) and director David Cromer, a Tony Award winner for The Band’s Visit.

Prayer for the French Republic is sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation’s Theatre Visions Fund program. Special thanks to The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Manhattan Theatre Club. Additional support is provided by the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater. Prayer for the French Republic is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and was commissioned by MTC through the Bank of America New Play Program.

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Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award-winning playwright Joshua Harmon brings his newest work to New York with Manhattan Theatre Club, about one family’s history dealing with hatred and danger. Get Prayer for the French Republic tickets on TodayTix.

Prayer for the French Republic is a play that opens amid World War II, in 1944. A Jewish couple living in Paris is desperate for news about family members who have gone missing, worrying for their safety. Seventy years later, even without the threat of a world war to contend with, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves with the same worries. The question of whether the French Jewish family is safe at any given time has been passed down through five generations, all of whom have lived on the same land and repeatedly experience the effects of hatred that began to fester long ago.

Harmon teams up with Tony Award-winning director David Cromer for the world premiere of Prayer for the French Republic off Broadway. The rest of the creative team includes set designer Takeshi Kata, costume designer Sarah Laux, lighting designer Amith Chandrashaker, and sound designers Lee Kinney and Daniel Kluger. Kluger also composed original music.

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What to Watch For

  • Joshua Harmon is no stranger to the New York theatre scene. His 2015 play Significant Other premiered off Broadway with Roundabout Theatre Company and later transferred to Broadway, and his plays Bad Jews, Admissions, and Skintight (starring Idina Menzel) achieved Off-Broadway success.
  • Harmon’s show was acclaimed before it even premiered! While in development, Prayer for the French Republic won the inaugural Theater J Trish Vradenberg New Jewish Play Prize.
  • Prayer for the French Republic also won the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award and is the second of Harmon’s plays to do so! Skintight was the first in 2018.
Start date

January 11th, 2022

End date

March 27th, 2022

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Play

Venue

New York City Center

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In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately awaits news of their missing family.

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