Theater J presents the world premiere of David in Shadow and Light, a modern musical retelling of the biblical tale of King David by Yehuda Hyman and Daniel Hoffman.
An epic musical of King David's astonishing trajectory from boy shepherd to superstar ruler to aging king, as he wrestles with the lowest and the purest form of human impulses, this visually stunning production incorporates thrilling dance sequences and a post-modern frame through which the triumphs and travails of the Bible's most charismatic character are brought to life. The earthy sexuality of the story--David's marriage to both King Saul's daughter Michal and his paramour Bathsheba, as well as the ardent love he shares with Saul's son, Jonathan--combined with its portrait of blood, war and passion is at once relevant to a modern world and classically powerful. This re-envisioning is cleverly framed by two characters, the Archangel Metatron and Adam, who according to ancient midrashic legend, chance upon the infant David and are compelled to watch his life. In this musical version the story unfolds on film, the action of which plays out on stage as a live movie.