David Aaron Baker, Nina Hellman, Richard Topol and more will star in THE UNBELIEVING at 59E59 Theaters

59E59 Theaters and Civilians announced the full cast and creative team for
The Unbelieving by Marin Gazzaniga (So Close) and directed by Steve Cosson (House of Whispers). The Unbelieving begins previews October 20, 2022 in Theater B and opens October 27 for broadcast until November 20, 2022.

The cast of The Unbelieving will include David Aaron Baker (“Billions”), Jeff Biehl (Catch as Catch Can), Sonnie Brown (what you are now), Dan Domingues (A song of Sherlock), Nina Hellman (The lucky star), Joshua david robinson (Twelfth Night) and Richard Topol (Indecent).

The unbeliever will feature a direction of movement by Sean Donovanscenography by Andrew Boyce & Se Oh, costume design by Emilie Rebholzlighting by Lucrecia Briceño, and original music and sound design by Christian Frederickson. Jeremy Stoller serves as a playwright. Megan Kingery is a creative consultant.

In the classic tale of religious conversion, finding God holds the promise of a life filled with purpose and meaning. But what happens when this transformation happens in reverse and a faith that you have built your life around begins to crumble? The Unbelieving takes a penetrating look at the lives of practicing clergy – Catholics, Episcopalians, Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Jews, Mormons, Muslims – who have stopped believing in God.

Directed by renowned downtown New York theater company Civilians in the brilliant style of investigative theater they pioneered, The Unbelieving tells the intimate stories of these religious leaders. Using their actual words, obtained in a groundbreaking study conducted by philosopher Daniel C. Dennett and qualitative researcher Linda LaScola, the play explores the struggles, courage and great humor of these “unbelievers” as they face to the most difficult decision of their lives: to continue to live in secrecy or to risk everything by telling the truth. Based on interviews conducted for the book Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind by Daniel C. Dennett and Linda LaScola.

The performance schedule for The Unbelieving is as follows: Tuesday to Saturday at 7:15 p.m., Saturday to Sunday at 2:15 p.m.

Tickets for The Unbelieving start at $25 and are on sale now at www.59e59.org/shows/show-detail/the-unbelieving/.


59E59 Theaters was established by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation in 2004 to grant professional space and expertise to nonprofit theater companies that premiere their work in New York. Under the leadership of Val Day, artistic director, and Brian Beirne, general manager, 59E59 Theaters presents a curated, year-round schedule of Off Broadway plays and musicals that are nurtured and supported by highly subsidized rental rates as well as production, box office, fronting, marketing and press support.



Marin Gazzaniga

Marin Gazzaniga’s first play (playwright), So Close, premiered at Walkerspace in New York. It was inspired by interviews she conducted while writing for Victim Services and told the story of an abusive relationship. She co-produced and starred in the independent film version (streamed on iTunes and Amazon). Its pieces were developed by Civilians, LAByrinth Theater Co. and Primary Stages ESPA in New York, and Echo Theater Company in Dallas, and Santa Fe Playhouse. In Ways Both Frivolous and Deep was produced by Ashland New Plays Festival’s Play4Keeps Podcast (Apple Podcasts and Spotify). Gazzaniga began her career in journalism (NBC News, Vogue, MSN.com and Fortune.com) and has written and edited several non-fiction books, produced award-winning digital feature films for HBO and served as director of the Filmmakers’ Workshop for New York Stage and Film. More recently, she has worked in television: she was co-writer of “One Life to Live” on Hulu and sold pilots to Hulu and Freeform. Currently, she is a Writers Guild Award and Emmy Award nominated writer for “The Young and the Restless” (CBS).

is a director, screenwriter and artistic director of Civilians. He has led many projects with the company created from public interactions, working with diverse communities ranging from evangelical Christians to the porn industry in Los Angeles, to inmates of Colombia’s National Prison for Women. . With Civilians, was the first theater company to be artist-in-residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent theater credits include the New York premiere of Duncan Sheikh and Kyle Jarrow‘s Whisper House at 59E59, World Premiere of Paul Swan is Dead and Gone by Claire Kiechel; Encores! Offbeat cover of Gone Missing (screenwriter); The musical Times Square by Jill Sobule, writer and director
from The Abominables to Children’s Theater Company, writer/director of The Undertaking to BAM Next Wave and touring internationally; director of Another Word for Beauty by José Rivera (Goodman Theatre); Director of Michael Friedman and Bess Wohlthe musical Pretty Filthy; and the Off Broadway revival of La Belle d’Amherst with Joely Richardson; and he directed the world and New York premieres of Anne Washburnit is
Mr. Burnsa post-electric part. www.stevecosson.com

Linda LaScola

Linda LaScola is co-author, with Daniel C. Dennett, of Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief
Behind (2013) and “Preachers who are not believers” (2010). She is a retired independent qualitative research consultant living in Washington, DC. She holds a master’s degree in social work from the Catholic University of America and is a co-founder of The Clergy Project.

Daniel C. Dennett

Daniel C. Dennett, author of Breaking the Spell (Viking, 2006), Freedom Evolves
(Viking Penguin, 2003) and Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (Simon & Schuster, 1995), is the Austin B. Fletcher University Professor and Professor of Philosophy, and Co-Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Tufts University. He lives with his wife in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and has a daughter, son, and six grandchildren. He was born in Boston in 1942, the son of a historian of the same name, and received his BA in philosophy from Harvard in 1963. He then went to Oxford to work with Gilbert Ryle, under whose guidance he completed the D .Phil. in philosophy in 1965. He taught at UC Irvine from 1965 to 1971, when he moved to Tufts, where he has taught since, apart from visiting periods at Harvard, Pittsburgh, Oxford, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, the London School of Economics and the American University of Beirut. He is currently a member of the external faculty of the Santa Fe Institute and the New College of the Humanities in London. His first book, Content and Consciousness, appeared in 1969, followed by Brainstorms (1978), Elbow Room (1984), The Intentional Stance (1987), Consciousness Explained (1991), Darwin’s Dangerous Idea (1995), Kinds of Minds (1996). ) and Brainchildren: A Collection of Essays 1984-1996 (MIT Press and Penguin, 1998). Sweet Dreams: Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness, was published in 2005 by MIT Press. He co-edited
The Mind’s I with Douglas Hofstadter in 1981. His most recent books are Intuition
Pumps and Other Tools for Thinking (Norton, 2013), Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Belief Behind, with Linda LaScola (Amazon.com, 2013, with second expanded edition published
by Pitchstone, 2015), and From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution
spirits (Norton, 2017). His TED Talk: The Illusion of Consciousness has received over 2.7 million views. He gave the John Locke Lectures at Oxford in 1983, the Gavin David Young Conferences in Adelaide, Australia, in 1985, and the Tanner Conference in Michigan in 1986, among many others. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships, a Fulbright Fellowship, a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, and was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 2012. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1987. He was co-founder (in 1985) and co-director of the Curricular Software Studio at Tufts and helped design computer museum exhibits for the Smithsonian Institution, Boston Museum of Science, and Boston Computer Museum.

Civilians started in 2001 with a company of artists, led by the founding artistic director Steve Cosson, who were interested in creating new works at the intersection of the theatrical and the real. The company has a rich history of developing new works by some of America’s leading playwrights and composers and has participated in several BAM Next Wave festivals and been produced in major New York and regional theaters. The company supports a number of emerging and established artists each year through its R&D program, cabaret series and online journal, Extended Play. Read more on www.thecivilians.org.