October 10 - December 3, 2023

Sabbath’s Theater

adapted from the novel by Philip Roth by Ariel Levy and John Turturro directed by Jo Bonney

About The Show

Sabbath’s Theater


What drew us to adapting the filthiest of Philip Roth’s novels? Its morality. Its tenderness. Its comic intensity. The deep exploration of our human frailties, our repulsiveness, our vulnerability, our grief, our contradictions and our capacity for love.

Ariel Levy and John Turturro



Philip Roth’s fearlessly filthy, funny and moving novel takes the stage in this new play from Ariel Levy and John Turturro.

When his secret life of debauchery comes to a heartbreaking end, disgraced puppet maker Mickey Sabbath plunges into increasingly mad and maddening encounters with people from his wild and wicked past. Part ghost story, part love story, Sabbath’s Theater unleashes Roth’s power to shock and amaze in this profound meditation on mortality and juicy celebration of life.

John Turturro takes on the title role of Mickey Sabbath. Elizabeth Marvel plays his mistress, the erotic free-spirit Drenka, and others. Jason Kravits plays Matijia, and others. Jo Bonney directs.

Published in 1995, Sabbath’s Theater, won that year’s National Book Award and was a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize.


*Additional $37 mezzanine seats will be released approximately every two weeks. Subject to change. 

Please note, this production includes haze. This production contains sexual situations, strong and graphic language, and discussion of suicide. If you or someone you know may be struggling with suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time, day or night, or chat online.

COVID-19  SAFETY PROTOCOLS: The New Group is updating our public safety protocols in line with other cultural organizations in the city and in accordance with The Pershing Square Signature Center.  We do not require masks for audiences attending productions in our 2023 – 2024 Season. Audience members are encouraged to take necessary precautions for their own health and safety, and the safety of other community members. The New Group will provide additional updates to these policies if they become necessary.

Keyart by Bashan Aquart. Keyart Photography by Serge Nivelle.

Sabbath’s Theater is produced by The New Group with Karen Brooks Hopkins.

Sabbath’s Theater was originally developed by New Jersey Performing Arts Center for Philip Roth Unbound: Illuminating A Literary Legacy (John Schreiber, President & CEO). Sabbath’s Theater was developed with the support of the National Theatre..

Open Caption service is provided in part by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus. Captioning by C2.

Generous support for The New Group is provided by The Shubert Foundation and The Howard Gilman Foundation. The New Group’s productions are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. The New Group’s productions are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Funder Logos: The Gilman Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, NYSCA, NYC DCLA


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Performances take place
in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
The Pershing Square Signature Center
480 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Cast & Creative

Images & Video


John Turturro, Jo Bonney and Ariel Levy at the first rehearsal for Sabbath’s Theater. Photo by Da Ping Luo.
Elizabeth Marvel at the first rehearsal for Sabbath’s Theater. Photo by Da Ping Luo.
Jason Kravits at the first rehearsal for Sabbath’s Theater. Photo by Da Ping Luo.
John Turturro and Ariel Levy at the first rehearsal for Sabbath’s Theater. Photo by Da Ping Luo.
Jo Bonney, Jason Kravits, Elizabeth Marvel and John Turturro at the first rehearsal for Sabbath’s Theater. Photo by Da Ping Luo.



Performance Schedule

Performances begin October 10, 2023

Weekly Schedule: Tuesday – Friday at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Post-Show Talkbacks:

  • Thursday, October 19 at 7:30pm
  • Sunday, October 29 at 2pm
  • Thursday, November 9 at 7:30pm
  • Tuesday, November 21 at 7:30pm


Special Event Performances:

  • Sunday, November 19 at 2pm – Open Captioned Performance

Additional details are available on the Book Tickets page.

Performance Schedule as of 9.19
*Performance schedule subject to change.