Fund for New American Plays

The Devil and All His Works

The People's Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, PA

The Devil and All His Works is a play about evil in the world and evil in the human heart. Set in 1895, The Devil explores a dark secret—uncovered by psychoanalysis—in the household of Samuel Landau, a Jew who has converted to Catholicism. This personal drama is placed in the context of anti-Semitic social and political forces that are just beginning to stir in fin-de-siecle Vienna, but will ultimately find their full expression in the Holocaust during World War II.

Ernest Joselovitz is the recipient of many grants and awards, including two from the National Endowment for the Arts and six from the D.C. Commission on the Arts. He has twice won awards from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays. In 1994 he received a fellowship from the Maryland State Arts Council. His work has been produced in New York and around the country. During the 1989 season, his comedy Romance was produced by the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays. His play The Devil and All His Works received the Robert Forest/Shiras Playwriting Award. His play Catskills Tzimmes received a grant from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and was produced in 1995 at Theatre J. in Washington, D.C., while Vilna's Got a Golem, also a Fund recipient,, was produced in 1996 at the Philadelphia Festival Theater at the Annenberg Center. Joselovitz is the founder and administrator of the Washington, D.C. Playwrights' Forum, for which the Greater Washington Cultural Alliance awarded him the Tony Taylor Award for Services to the Arts. Joselovitz lives in Rockville, Maryland.

Director: Michael Nash
Set Designer: James F. Pyne, Jr.
Lighting Designer: James F. Pyne, Jr. and Deborah D. Peretz
Costume Designer: P. Chelsea Harriman
Composer/Sound Designer: Adam Wernick
Leading Performers: Rebecca Ellens, David Ingram, Paul Meshejian, Elizabeth Soukup, Tom Teti
Running Dates: May 14-June 3, 1990

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