Western's Arts & Humanities Students' Council presents:

"The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza" written by David Ives and directed by Julia Sebastien.

Once on the path to becoming the leader of 1600s Amsterdam’s small Jewish community, free-spirited Baruch de Spinoza has since left his religious studies in favour of fraternizing with non-Jews about his new loves: mathematics, philosophy, and a Dutch girl, Clara. When Spinoza’s best friend exposes Spinoza’s sacrilegious communications with Christians, Spinoza is tried for atheism, the punishment of which is excommunication from his home and his people. To appease his Christian overlords, Rabbi Mortera, Spinoza’s former mentor, attempts to dismantle Spinoza’s ideas and bring his star pupil back into the fold; however, fuelled by his love of wisdom and his unwavering belief in freedom of expression, Spinoza dodges and parries each ideological offensive with irreverence, humour and wit, painting his interrogators into a corner with irrefutable logic. Faced with an enraged Dutch magistrate and flowering doubts of his own, Rabbi Mortera must make a decision that will seal the fate of his community, himself, and the son he never had.

Show times:

  • January 30: 8pm
  • January 31: 8pm
  • February 1: 8pm
  • February 2: 2pm
  • February 2: 8pm



  • Occurs Wednesday, January 30th, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
  • Occurs Thursday, January 31st, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
  • Occurs Friday, February 1st, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
  • Occurs Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 @ 2:00 pm
  • Occurs Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 @ 8:00 pm


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