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    A Ritual of Faith

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    One night in Italy in the mid 1800's there are several loud knocks at the door. A police official enters a Jewish home and demands the removal of a boy by order of the Holy Inquisitor; the reason being the "fact" that the child must be "returned to his rightful parents — the Church." This is the result of an alleged secret baptism by a young Catholic servant girl. If the parents want their son back, their only recourse is to prove that the original baptism was a fraud. However, there are those that feel the boy will have a better life outside the Jewish ghetto in his new home under the auspices of the Catholic Church. A Ritual of Faith is the first play in modern theatre history to have been performed on this topic. The play is based on truth, but is a made-up story with made-up characters. Nonetheless, there are hundreds of similar "kidnappings" documented, primarily by the Catholic Church in her own archives. The emphasis and heart of the play is the power of ritual-"its universal allure in all of our religions, which no matter how illogical it may seem, nonetheless continues to exert great power over most of us, making even otherwise good people, commit acts that they might one day regret," says Brad Levinson.

    Dates:  March 2, 2003 - April 6, 2003
    Schedule:  Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 3 p.m.
    Venue:  Lion Theatre, 410 West 42nd St. near 9th Ave.
    Price:  $25
    Tickets/info:  (212) 279-4200

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