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Equally Divine: The Real Story of the Mona Lisa

Monday, February 12, 2018 - 6:00 PM | Open to the public | Members' Room | $25 per person | advance registration required

A new play by Jenny Lyn Bader, directed by Julie Kramer

Told from the point of view of the world’s most famous painting, this true-crime whodunit begins with the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre Museum in Paris. Police question everyone from J.P Morgan to Pablo Picasso but cannot crack the case. Soon the story travels back in time to 1503, introducing us to the visionary artist Leonardo da Vinci, the apprentice who would become his lover, and the secrets behind the creation of La Gioconda. Along the way, the woman in the portrait solves mysteries that have baffled fans and stumped scholars for centuries: Why Leonardo never delivered the painting to the man who commissioned it. Who she is. And why she’s smiling. Equally Divine is a time-hopping, gender-bending drama about art, inspiration, and becoming who we are.

Jenny Lyn Bader is a playwright and author whose plays include None of the Above (New Georges); Manhattan Casanova (Hudson Stage), and In Flight (Turn to Flesh Productions). One-acts include Miss America (NY International Fringe Festival, “Best of Fringe” selection) and Worldness (Humana Festival of New American Plays). She recently collaborated with This Is Not a Theatre Company on Café Play (Cornelia St. Café) and Subway Plays, an app featuring her podplay The International Local. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard, she co-founded Theatre 167, has been a Lark Playwriting Fellow (nominated by Wendy Wasserstein), and was a frequent contributor to the New York Times “Week in Review.” She is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the League of Professional Theatre Women.

At lower left: Photo by Joel Weber.

This event is generously underwritten by Alexander Sanger in honor of Jeannette Watson Sanger.