Faith in Shackles

In a world of religious radicalism and terrorism, a young lawyer, Sofia, is pushed to her limits with her new case: defend nine historical women who have each had a special relationship with God. Through discovering the truth of these women’s stories, Sofia combats her own biases and fears against religion and learns the true meaning of having faith.
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Faith in Shackles

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  • Cheryl Bear:
    6 Aug. 2019
    Exceptional play about overcoming adversity, standing strong in their belief. Defending and supporting the true message of love against those who would use religion to spread hate and discrimination. Beautiful!

Character Information

  • Sofia Abassi
    20-30,
    Middle Eastern American
    ,
    Female
    A Muslim Defense Lawyer at the start of her career
  • Daughter
    Ageless,
    Any race
    ,
    Female
    Eve from the Bible. Immortal, though she has the appearance of a radiant young woman.
  • Mother
    20-30,
    Any race
    ,
    Female
    The Virgin Mary from the Bible. Early twenties, forever immortalized as the youthful mother of Jesus.
  • Lover
    20-30,
    Any race
    ,
    Female
    Mary Magdalene from the Bible. Mid-to-late twenties.
  • Virgin
    15-21,
    Any race
    ,
    Female
    St. Agnes of Rome. A young child, around 12 years old (played by an older actress).
  • Warrior
    20s,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Joan of Arc, the Maid of Orleans. Early twenties.
  • Ruler
    30-50,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Mary Tudor, aka Mary I, aka Bloody Mary. Middle aged.
  • Priestess
    30-50,
    African American / Black
    ,
    Female
    Tituba, from the Salem Witch Trials. Middle age West Indies woman.
  • Writer
    15-22,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Anne Frank, of diary fame. 15 years old.
  • Messenger
    15-22,
    Caucasian
    ,
    Female
    Liz Trobishi, an Israeli teenager from 2009. 16 years old.
  • The Father
    30-50,
    Any race
    ,
    Male
    The middle aged, intellectual personification of the Hebrew aspect of God.
  • The Son
    20-30,
    Any race
    ,
    Male
    The young, emotional personification of the Christian aspect of God, as well as Adam, the first man
  • The Spirit
    Ageless,
    Any race
    ,
    Male or Nonbinary
    The shapeshifting, willful personification of the Islamic aspect of God.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    The Eagle Theater
    ,
    2018
  • Workshop
    ,
    Breaking Through The Box
    ,
    2017

Production History

  • Fringe
    ,
    New York Theater Festival
    ,
    2019
  • Fringe
    ,
    NJ Fringe Festival
    ,
    2017
  • Fringe
    ,
    NJ Fringe Festival
    ,
    2017
  • Community Theater
    ,
    Breaking Through The Box
    ,
    2016