At Primary Stages, three historical figures debate literature, religion, and everything in between in this new comedy.
From the producers: A founding father, a Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary walk into a...stop me if you’ve heard this one. Thomas Jefferson (yes that one), Charles Dickens (the very same) and Count Leo Tolstoy (who else?) are brought together in a blistering battle of wits for the ages.
"The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord" is written by Scott Carter, the executive producer of HBO’s "Real Time with Bill Maher." The play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles in 2014. “Discord” was inspired by Carter’s discovery that all three of the historical figures in his title had written their own updated versions of the Bible. Most famously, Jefferson stripped out all the miracles and extolled Jesus as a moral philosopher. Tolstoy’s “The Gospel in Brief” is a bit more orthodox, while Dickens added a storyteller’s touch to “The Life of Our Lord,” which he wrote for his children. Here's a teaser from the L.A. production:
The cast of "Discord" features Duane Boutté as Charles Dickens, Michael Laurence as Thomas Jefferson and Thom Sesma as Leo Tolstoy. Kimberly Senior ("Chris Gethard’s Career Suicide," "Disgraced") directs.
What is Primary Stages? Primary Stages is an excellent Off-Broadway producing company. Their 2007 production of Horton Foote's "Dividing the Estate" went on to have a very successful run on Broadway. In 2008, Primary Stages was honored with the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work. More here.