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The Ally


THE ALLY by Itamar Moses | The Public Theater
Anspacher February 15 - April 7, 2024 2 hours and 35 min, including intermission

World Premiere

By Itamar Moses 
Directed by Lila Neugebauer

Tony Award-winning playwright Itamar Moses (The Band’s Visit) returns to The Public with the world premiere of THE ALLY, a fierce drama that gives voice to some of the most contentious and important questions of our time.

When college professor Asaf (Josh Radnor) is asked by a student to sign a social justice manifesto, what seems at first like a simple choice instead embroils him in an increasingly complex web of conflicting agendas that challenge his allegiances as a progressive, a husband, an artist, an academic, an American, an atheist, and a Jew. With tensions at an all-time high, Asaf is forced to confront the age-old question: “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

Directed by Drama Desk Award winner Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), THE ALLY is a passionate, provocative, and unflinching new play about the vanishing line between the personal and the political.


Content and Production Effect Warning

Production effects and content sensitivities vary from person to person, and we encourage you to contact us ([email protected] or 212.967.7555) if you have questions about any production. THE ALLY includes active discourse about Israelis and Palestinians, police violence, and racism. This production uses haze.

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Cherise Boothe


CHERISE BOOTHE she/her (Nakia, Rabbi). Obie Award recipient for Fabulation Or, the Re-Education of Undine (Signature) and Milk Like Sugar (Playwrights Horizons/WP/La Jolla Playhouse). NY: Ruined (Goodman/MTC), Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) (Public Theater Lab). Regional: Barbecue (Geffen, NAACP Best Ensemble Cast), Familiar (Yale Rep). Film: Ricki and the Flash (opposite Meryl Streep), 42. TV: “Dispatches From Elsewhere,” “The Good Doctor,” “Westworld” and “Law and Order: SVU.” MFA from NYU Graduate Acting. 

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Elijah Jones


ELIJAH JONES he/him/his (Baron). The Public: Richard II (Free Shakespeare on the Radio with WNYC). Off-Broadway:Confederates (Signature Theatre, AUDELCO Award for Outstanding Ensemble). Regional:Bonez(People’s Light). Jones can currently be seen starring opposite Tom Holland, Sasha Lane and Amanda Seyfried in Apple TV+’s “The Crowded Room.” Education: Juilliard, Penn State. 

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Michael Khalid Karadsheh


MICHAEL KHALID KARADSHEH he/him/his (Farid). New York: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Classical Theatre of Harlem), The Most Oppressed of All (Target Margin Theater). Regional: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare on the Sound), Tomorrow Will Be Sunday (Chautauqua Theatre Company), Sabra Falling (In the Heart of the Beast). Film/TV: “Everything’s Trash” (Freeform). Graduate of Columbia University MFA Acting. 

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Joy Osmanski


JOY OSMANSKI (Gwen) is thrilled to make her debut at The Public. Osmanski has worked regionally at the Mark Taper, La Jolla Playhouse and San Jose Rep. Recent TV work includes roles in the DC series “Stargirl,” FOX’s “Duncanville” and Taylor Sheridan’s “1923.” She has narrated over 160 titles on Audible and is a multiple Earphones Award winner. MFA grad from the acting program at UCSD. Thank you C+C+S+W! 

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Josh Radnor


JOSH RADNOR (Asaf). Broadway: Disgraced, The Graduate. Off-Broadway: Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line (Lincoln Center), Manhattan Theatre Club, Vineyard Theatre. Film: wrote, directed and starred in Liberal Arts (Sundance 2012) opposite Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Allison Janney and happythankyoumoreplease (Sundance Audience Award 2010); Social Animals; Afternoon Delight. Upcoming film: All Happy Families, 3 Birthdays. TV: Fleishman Is in Trouble,” “Hunters,” “Centaurworld,” “Rise,” “Mercy Street,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Six Feet Under,” “ER.” Music: Eulogy: Volumes 1 & 2, One More Then I’ll Let You Go. 

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Ben Rosenfield


BEN ROSENFIELD (Reuven) can most recently be seen in Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Additional screen credits include: “Mrs. America” (FX), “Twin Peaks” (Showtime), Mark, Mary & Some Other People, Mickey and the Bear, 6 Years (Netflix), “Boardwalk Empire” (HBO) and JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. On stage, Rosenfield starred in Through a Glass Darkly with Carey Mulligan, Atlantic's On the Shore of the Wide World, Roundabout’s Love, Love Love and Atlantic's Cornelia Street. 

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Madeline Weinstein


MADELINE WEINSTEIN (Rachel). Broadway: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; The Real Thing directed by Sam Gold. Additional theatre includes Medea directed by Simon Stone (BAM) and the world premiere of Tracy Letts's Mary Page Marlowe directed by Anna D. Shapiro (Steppenwolf). Film: Between the Temples (upcoming selection Sundance 2024), Beach Rats (official selection Sundance 2017), the Netflix feature film Alex Strangelove and Queen of Glory. TV: “Mare of Easttown,” “Blue Bloods,” “Elementary” and “Shades of Blue.” 


Itamar Moses
Lila Neugebauer
Lael Jellinek
Scenic Design
Sarita Fellows
Costume Design
Reza Behjat
Lighting Design
Bray Poor
Sound Design
Roxana Khan
Production Stage Manager
Claire M. Kavanah
Prop Manager
Jenn Elyse Jacobs
Stage Manager


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