Dream Up Festival 2016
Dream Up Festival BlogblankLike Us on Facebook

Spinoza's Ethics title
– World Premiere

Author: Emily Claire Schmitt.
Director: Dianna Garten.

Arielle Yoder*
Dan Jaffe
James Weeks*
Jim Dadosky
Yvonne Roen*

*appearing with permission of Actor's Equity Association

Props: Alye B. Carlevaro
Costumes: Maria Myrtil
Sound: Lawrence Schober
Lights: Alex deNevers

Inspired by the true story of an extraordinary and average woman's struggle for love and faith in 1960s America, Spinoza's Ethics follows Ruth as she weaves in and out of marriages, vocations, and states of existence, accompanied always by the early Enlightenment philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

Johnson Theater


Thursday - September 1 - 6:30pm
Friday - September 2 - 6:30pm
Saturday - September 3 - 8pm
Sunday - September 4 - 8pm
Tuesday - September 6 - 6:30pm
Wednesday - September 7 - 6:30pm
Thursday - September 15 - 6:30pm

Running time: Spinoza's Ethics is 2 hours $15.

Spinoza's Ethics Image

Emily Claire Schmitt is a playwright and graduate of St. Mary's College, where she developed an interest in both philosophy, theater and journalism. Schmitt endeavors to create works of staged journalism, a past example being her first work "San Luis, 1989," a story of government mishandling of a poaching raid. In "Spinoza's Ethics," Schmitt fuses her interest in philosophy and fantasy into the staged journalistic story of her aunt, embodied by the character named Ruth in the 20th century timeline of the play. The result is a play that combines genres, and will make the audience think not just about the nature of god, life and time, but of biographical plays as well. Dianna Garten is a theater director based in Harlem. She earned her BFA in Drama from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and her MA in Applied Theatre from CUNY School of Professional Studies. Garten has recently directed the short works "Who Am I?" and "I Am Cecil."


Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677) was a Dutch enlightenment philosopher of Sephardi/Portuguese origin. His philosophical ideologies are infamously difficult to categorize due to their vast scale, but experts tend to agree that he was perhaps one of the most influential philosophers to work in the years following Descartes and the pioneer of modern biblical criticism. His final work "Ethics," published posthumously, cemented Spinoza's place in the history of philosophy, as it offered a view of the Judeo-Christian God not as an omnipotent, transcendental being, but rather as the infinite nature that is not only experienced by humans, but also incorporates them. Spinoza is a popular and important figure in Dutch history. His face adorned the 1000-guilder banknote before it was replaced by the Euro in 2002, and the Spinozaprijs, the most prestigious scientific award in the Netherlands, was named in his honor. A statue of Spinoza stands in close proximity to the Dutch parliament in The Hague, Netherlands.


Back to shows button


© 2016 Dream Up Festival dreamupfestival.org All Rights Reserved.