Play about pope re­sign­ing to be staged off-broad­way

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

NEW YORK — The de­but of Tom At­tea’s new play is likely to ben­e­fit from some holy tim­ing — he’s writ­ten a play about a pope re­sign­ing.

The off-Broad­way com­pany The­ater for the New City said Fri­day it will pro­duce At­tea’s Bene­dic­tus, a play writ­ten two years ago about a pope who steps down.

It is slated to run from May 30 to June 16 at the com­pany’s home in lower Man­hat­tan. Mark Mer­cante will di­rect the pro­duc­tion with in­ci­den­tal mu­sic by Arthur Abrams.

Ac­cord­ing to pro­duc­ers, the play is about the fic­tional Pope Bene­dic­tus, who has vi­sions that com­mand him to fol­low a new call­ing. Top car­di­nals must then de­cide what to do with him.

At­tea, a play­wright and lyri­cist, has had eight mu­si­cals and one play pro­duced off-Broad­way.

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