The Theatre: New Play in Manhattan: Oct. 14, 1940

Journey to Jerusalem (by Maxwell Anderson, produced by The Playwrights' Company). Upon a fragment from the Gospel of Luke, telling how Jesus when he was twelve years old went to Jerusalem with his parents for the feast of the Passover, Playwright Anderson has created a moving, if apocryphal, verse drama. Chief Andersonia innovation is a character called Ishmael, survivor of a revolution led by Judah against Rome. He meets Jesus (called Jeshua in the play) and his family in a desert near Jericho, recognizes him as the promised Messiah.

Against superb sets, spectacular lighting...

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