Theater for the New City
Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director


A picaresque spy story of a free thinking philosopher (and his some time lover) recruited by the Vatican for an impossible mission: to prevent the Thirty Years War.

Written by Douglas Lackey
Directed by Alexander Harrington

L: Giulio Cesare Vanini's bust by Eugenio Maccagnani, 1886.
R: Medallion by Ettore Ferrari

World Premiere
November 9 to 26, 2023

Theater for the New City
155 First Ave., NYC

This sweeping historical drama charts the tragic career of Giulio Caesare Vanini (1585-1619), an Italian philosopher. In this telling, he is recruited by the Vatican for an impossible mission: stopping the Thirty Years War by reconciling Catholic and Protestant antagonisms in key European countries.

Theater for the New City (TNC), which has been playwright Douglas Lackey's theatrical home since 2003, will present the work's premiere run November 9 to 26.

Director is Alexander Harrington, who has collaborated with Lackey on four prior plays and shares his interest in historical drama. All of Lackey’s previous plays have been praised for their deft mixtures of philosophy, romance and politics.



Eric P. Loscheider (R) plays Giulio Cesare Vanini and Jordan Stidham (L) plays Brother Markus. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

Eric P. Loscheider* as Giulio Caesare Vanini
Jordan Stidham* as Brother Markus
Courtney Stennett* as Princess Elizabeth

Pat Dwyer*, Joseph J. Menino*, Brian Ott *, Daniel Yaiullo

Scenic designer: Jennifer Varbalow
Lighting designer: Corey Goulden-Naitove
Costume designer: Anthony Paul-Cavaretta
Projection Designer: Daniel McKleinfeld
Animator: Gabriel Freire
Movement Specialist: Caitlin Rigney
Fight Choreographer: JaneAnne Halter
Production Stage Manager: Roger Lipson*
Production Manager: Mitchell Strong
Press Representative: Jonathan Slaff


* = appears courtesy Actors Equity Assn.


November 9 - 26, 2023
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.
Thu, Fri, Sat at 8:00 PM, Sun at 3:00 PM
No performance Thanksgiving, Nov 23.
Added show Wed, Nov 22 at 8:00 PM.
Tickets $18; students and seniors $15
Running time: 2 hours