Play about antisemitism in France 'Prayer for the French Republic' premieres at Actor's Express

Play “Prayer for the French Republic" is on stage at Actor’s Express through May 14. (Courtesy of Casey Gardner Ford)

Actor’s Express presents the regional premiere of “Prayer for the French Republic,” the latest work by the acclaimed playwright Joshua Harmon and directed by Actor’s Express artistic director Freddie Ashley.

Harmon’s shows include the hits “Bad Jews,” “Significant Other,” “Admissions,” and “Skintight.” He and Sarah Silverman co-wrote the libretto for “The Bedwetter,” based on her memoir. Josh Harmon’s plays have been produced on Broadway and in London’s West End, Off-Broadway at Round About Theater and Lincoln Center, among other prominent stages, and there’s a special bond between Actor’s Express in Atlanta and Joshua Harmon.

“Freddie Ashley invited me to join Actor’s Express in 2010 as Playwright in Residence,” said Harmon.

“Before anyone had produced one of my plays, he told me to consider Actor’s Express an artistic home. In the decade-plus since, he has produced three of my plays; this production will be the fourth. It’s rare to find an artistic collaborator who believes in you from the very beginning and who remains as steadfast as Freddie. I’m grateful beyond measure and honored that at a moment when theater is still recovering from the ravages of the last few years, Freddie is bringing this epic play to Atlanta.”

The show runs through May 14. In this interview, director Freddie Ashley joined “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes to speak about the production.

“Prayer for the French Republic” is on stage at Actor’s Express through May 14 and more information is available here.