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Sedona Theater: World Premiere of “Marrano Justice” at Canyon Moon Theatre

Marrano Justice
by Joel Levin

An historical drama set in New York and Washington in the 1920s and 1930s about the life of the extraordinary Hispanic/Jewish judge, Benjamin Cardozo. Cardozo is visited by Torquemada, the 15th century Spanish Inquisitor who expelled Arabs, Moors, and Cardozo’s ancestors, returning to view the fruits of that exile. The scenes alternate between the complex family and professional life of Cardozo and the tense dialogue between Cardozo and Torquemada, each seeking purpose and vindication for the events of the Inquisition. The play is punctuated by sinister and wordless images recalling medieval Cordoba, Spain and the Jim Crow South. The play culminates with the Justices of the Supreme Court hearing the Scottsboro case — the seminal civil rights affair of the era — pitting the claim that society must be strictly protected, advocated by Torquemada, against a more tolerant inclusion of those on the outside, envisioned by Cardozo.

Cast, among others, includes Mark DeMichael, Robert Bays, and Michelle Lambeau.

“Marrano Justice presents a riveting vision of the tensions and difficulties of race, freedom, cruelty, love, execution, and dignity — framed by grim flashbacks and haunting music — but a vision rooted in vigorous ideas, textured thought, and intelligence, so often in retreat in the purely visceral theater of today.” – Ellen Simon

Directed by Mary Guaraldi.

Music is 15th century Sephardic/Ladino music, with words and melodies drawn from a lost Jewish-Spanish culture, re-conceived and rearranged by Paul Ferguson and Joel Levin.

Presented by Canyon Moon Theatre, 6601 Hwy. 179, Suite A6, Sedona, AZ 86351.

Marrano Justice plays Thursday, September 9 through Saturday, September 12 and again September 23 through 26. Tickets are $19 general admission. Full-time students are $11. To purchase tickets, call Canyon Moon Theatre at 928-282-6212. Tickets are also available at Rycus’ Corners and Marketplace Café in the VOC and at Basha’s in West Sedona. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. Sunday performances are at 3 p.m. Canyon Moon Theatre is located in the Oak Creek Factory Outlets, next to Village Pet Supply and Grooming, on Highway 179 in the Village of Oak Creek.