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The In[heir]itance Project And The 14th Street Y Announces THE JACOB PLAY


The In[heir]itance Project And The 14th Street Y Announces THE JACOB PLAY

THE IN[HEIR]ITANCE PROJECT and THE 14TH STREET Y are pleased to present THE JACOB PLAY, as part of The Genesis Plays, a collection of plays inspired by stories in the book of Genesis, and devised with communities in different US cities. Created in a collaborative process led by Jon Adam Ross, and directed by Chantal Pavageaux, THE JACOB PLAY performs in rep (with four other plays) during a three-week limited engagement at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 E 14th St at 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003). Performances begin Wednesday, May 2nd and continue through Friday, May 18, 2018. Opening night is Friday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.

A play that, quite literally, asks Jacob to wrestle with his role as brother, husband, and man of God. The Jacob Play introduces a tag team tussle between Jacob & Rebecca vs Esau and Isaac, a Battle Royale of Leah vs. Rachel vs. Jacob vs. Laban, and finally, the MAIN EVENT: Jacob vs. The Angel of the Lord. Get ready for a hard-hitting, smackdown, knockout wrestling extravaganza - it's the event of the millennium!

"The Jacob Play is a spectacle. Spandex, singing, dancing, all out wackiness, and yet it still manages to tell the story and uncover new ideas that you might not have seen," shares director Chantal Pavageaux. "The interplay between form and content allows us to have a lot of fun."

"In Austin we layered gentrification over the story of Jacob, who presumes cultural hegemony only to be confronted with the challenges of integrating with unfamiliar customs," adds creator Jon Adam Ross. "As immigration battles rage in America and around the world, this play moves on to the ignored conversation about culture you bring with you and culture you adopt."

Starring Idris Groves, Rachel Pegram (UCB) Jon Adam Ross, Jon Levin, and Izzy Wolfson. Featuring dancers Luis Ordaz (Austin's Aztlan Dance Company), Kevin Baez, Marina Goitia, and Angelica Mondol Viana.

Produced by Martha Goode. Featuring set design by Deb O, costume design by Andja Budincich, lighting design by Stacey Boggs, and sound design by Caroline Faustine. Rachel April is the stage manager, Eli Reid is the production manager, and Zhailon Levingston is the associate director. Marketing/PR by Kampfire PR, and graphic design by Billy Keefe.

The Jacob Play plays the following performances through Fri, May 18th:

  • Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 5th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 8th at 9:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, May 9th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 12th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Friday, May 18th at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets are $18 (or see three plays for $14 each with a Flex Pass) and are now available online at or by calling 646-395-4310. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the box office half-hour prior to the performance

Running Time: 70 minutes

The developmental process of The Genesis Plays includes text study with artists and clergy, devising workshops, open rehearsals with participating organizations and houses of worship, performance talkbacks, and community engagement events where local artists and audiences also respond to the source material.

The Genesis Plays are funded with generous support from The Covenant Foundation, in association with Downtown Jewish Life, co-presented by The Theater at the 14th Street Y.


  • THE LEAH/RACHEL PLAY (Seattle 2017): Investigates sisterhood using filmed interviews of sisters of all ages, live music, and ancient papyrus.

  • THE SARAH PLAY (Kansas City 2017): Three actors struggle with how to tell a sacred shared narrative of the Muslim, Christian and Jewish traditions, when there are multiple accounts of the truth.

  • THE ABRAHAM PLAY (Twin Cities 2015): Follows a Wall Street stock jock searching for a lost deed in a scavenger hunt where the audience holds the clues.

  • THE JACOB PLAY (Austin 2016): A hard-hitting, smackdown, knockout wrestling extravaganza!

  • THE REBECCA PLAY (Charleston 2016): The city becomes a mother playing favorites among her children, White and Black.

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