The Good Book
The Court Theatre; Denis O’Hare, actor, and Lisa Peterson, director, together award-winning playwrights; and Margaret Mitchell (University of Chicago, Divinity School), collaborate on and around the development of The Good Book, a theatrical exploration of the Bible.
Margaret M Mitchell
Margaret M. Mitchell is the Dean and Shailer Mathews Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Literature in the University of Chicago's Divinity School. Dean Mitchell is a literary historian of ancient Christianity. Her research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings up through the end of the fourth century. She analyzes how the earliest Christians literally wrote their way into history, developing a literary and religious culture that was deeply embedded in Hellenistic Judaism and the wider Greco-Roman world, while also proclaiming its distinctiveness from each. Special interests include the Pauline letters (both in their inaugural moments and in the history of their effects), the poetics and politics of ancient biblical interpretation, and the intersection of text, image, and artifact in the fashioning of early Christian culture.
Dean Mitchell is the author of four books: Paul and the Rhetoric of Reconciliation (1991); The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation (2000); The "Belly-Myther" of Endor: Interpretations of 1 Kingdoms 28 in the Early Church (with Rowan A. Greer, 2007), and Paul, the Corinthians and the Birth of Christian Hermeneutics (2010). She is also the co-editor, with Frances M. Young, of The Cambridge History of Christianity, Volume 1: Origins to Constantine (2006).
In addition to her scholarly writings, Dean Mitchell has published broadly in the Martin Marty Center’s electronic journal, “Sightings” and other venues on issues of religion and contemporary culture, such as “How Biblical is the Christian Right?” and “Aramaica Veritas and the Occluded Orientalism of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ.’”
Dean Mitchell has been the recipient of grants from the Guggenheim and Luce Foundations; she is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her current projects include a volume of translations of occasional sermons by John Chrysostom on Pauline passages (for the Writings From the Greco-Roman World series) and a commentary on 2 Corinthians.
Denis O'Hare is the co-author, along with Lisa Peterson, of the award winning Solo Performance Play, An Iliad (Obie, Lucille Lortel awards). Mr. O'Hare has appeared numerous times on Broadway in such pieces as Inherit The Wind, Sweet Charity (Drama Desk Award), Assassins (Tony Nom.)Take Me Out, (Tony, Drama Desk awards), Major Barbara and Cabaret. He has also worked extensively Off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in The Devils and Vienna Lusthaus, at the New York Shakespeare Festival in Into The Woods, Helen, Take Me Out (Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards) and other theatres. His regional work includes Seattle Rep, Arena Stage, Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Remains Theatre and the McCarter Theatre. A prolific film and T.V. actor, Denis appeared in 2 seasons of True Blood as King Russell Edgington, on the premiere season of American Horror Story and as Judge Abernathy on The Good Wife. Film work includes C.O.G., The Eagle, Changeling, Milk, Michael Clayton, A Mighty Heart, Duplicity, The Proposal, Charlie Wilson's War, and Garden State among others. Mr.O'Hare is married to Hugo Redwood with whom he has a son. They live in Brooklyn, NY.
Lisa Peterson is the co-writer of An Iliad, the OBIE and Lortel Award-winning Solo Performance Play that she created with Denis O’Hare, based on Homer’s epic poem. In addition to many classic plays, Lisa has directed the premieres of new works by Donald Margulies, Tony Kushner, Beth Henley, Naomi Wallace, Caryl Churchill, Janusz Glowacki, Marlane Meyer, Culture Clash, Jose Rivera and many others at theaters including New York Theatre Workshop (OBIE for directing Light Shining in Buckinghamshire), Public, Vineyard, Manhattan Theatre Club, Primary Stages, Mark Taper Forum, La Jolla Playhouse, Guthrie, Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival, Berkeley Rep, McCarter, Arena Stage, Geffen, Hartford Stage, Seattle Rep, South Coast Rep, and many more. New Play Development: Sundance, The Playwrights' Center, New Dramatists, Young Playwrights' Festival, Taper New Works Festival, Audrey Skirball Kenis, New York Stage and Film, Royal Court London. Graduate of Yale College.