The year is 1962. An Israeli scholar arrives in Francos Spain to study some musty Inquisition files and discovers the 1485 confession of Andres Gonzalez, a real-life priest who was sent on a witch hunt against the Jews. Gonzalez fell in love with a Jewish woman, married her and paid the ultimate price for his apostasy. The fascist setting provides an uneasy echo of the darkness and terror of the Inquisition, but the themes of identity denied, fear and forbidden love are timeless, says Dayan.
Conviction was commissioned by artistic director Kent Thompson for the Denver Center Theatre Company; the piece received an early reading there. It will show in New York early next year but is now on stage through July 12 at Curious Theater, 1080 Acoma Street. For ticket and showtime information, call 303-623-0524 or go to www.curioustheatre.org.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m.; Tue., July 7, 8 p.m. Starts: June 27. Continues through July 12, 2009