Stephen Tobolowsky’s Spanish Prayer Book

If you’ve ever wanted to see actor and writer Stephen Tobolowsky (the 66th dinner stranger) perform, you’ve got a great chance to do so next month in Los Angeles at one of his six performances in a play.

Stephen, perhaps best known as insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in the movie “Groundhog Day,” will be performing in the play “The Spanish Prayer Book” at the Road Theater in North Hollywood. He’s doing six performances: October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17 and 20. The Thursday performances start at 8pm and the Sunday performances start at 7pm. You can buy tickets at the theater’s website — including for some nights with after-show discussions with the cast and crew.

Here’s a description of the play from the website: “Moral dilemma, historical mystery, and matters of the heart converge when a committed atheist inherits a collection of rare and hauntingly beautiful illustrated Hebrew manuscripts, including a prayer book from fourteenth-century Spain, and discovers that the books, which bear witness to overlapping Jewish and Islamic traditions, were stolen some six-hundred years after their creation from a library in 1940s Berlin. Inspired by true events and a late twentieth-century court case, and using projected images of the books themselves, the play explores the allure of sacred objects, the ethical issues generated by cultural treasures displaced during wartime, and the power of art to forge human connections.”

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