The Genesis Plays

By Andrew Andrews

We went to a fight last night, and a Bible study broke out.

In the Book of Genesis, Jacob (A.K.A. Israel) wrestles with someone—although scholars can’t seem to agree on whether that someone was a man, angel or god—to secure the birthright from his twin. In The Jabob Play, Jacob (A.K.A. Sly the Cook) wrestles with everybody—to win, retain, regain and maintain the WMWF Championship Belt. It’s all because in this “interpretation” of the Bible, Jacob’s father, Isaac (A.K.A. The Sightless Sensei) believes that the patriarchy should be earned—not given—but that his favorite son Esau (A.K.A. Shaggy the Hunter) should easily win the crown. Jacob, however, has a few tricks up his sleeve, thanks to his mother, Rebekah (A.K.A. Becky the Biter) who, simply put, loves Jacob more.

If you haven’t figured it out by now, The Jacob Play is a farce—and an all-reaching one at that. Combining live jazz vocals with dance by New York’s Ballet Hispanico Dos and Austin’s Aztlan Dance Company, and plenty of slapstick and studio wrestling by the cast, this short, face-paced comedy delivers ringside seats to a story that’s “more aspirational than the Tower of Babel.” It’s one of five productions called The Genesis Plays by The In[heir]itance Project, and you can catch the series in The 14th Street “Y” Theater. The Abraham Play promises a scavenger hunt, The Leah/Rachel Play includes a film by Emmy-award winner Ilana Trachtman, and The Rebecca Play and The Sarah Play round out the series—but you’ll have to see them first-hand to discover what Rebecca and Sarah have up their sleeves! So check out one, two or all of The Genesis Plays, then come back here and share the good word. Whether you love the new spin that The In[heir]itance Project puts on some of the oldest stories known to the western world, or find them a little too blasphemous, your reviews can help others decide whether they should attend, and your ratings help us help you find future “sermons” you’re sure to love!


Andrew Andrews attended The Genesis Plays at 14th Street Y in Manhattan on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 @ 9:00pm to write this review.