Murray picked to play pope

Play based on Jewish boy abducted by Catholic Church

SOUTHBURY, Conn. — With Brian Murray set to play Pope Pius IX, Hartford Stage a.d. Michael Wilson has announced a strong cast for the nonprofit’s premiere run of “Edgardo Mine,” the new play by Alfred Uhry (“Driving Miss Daisy”).

Also in the production, which runs Oct. 17-Nov. 17, will be Randy Graff, Michael Countryman, Spencer Kayden, Robert LuPone, Jesse Schwartz, Johnny Giacalone and Brennan Brown.

The play is based on the real-life abduction of a 6-year-old Jewish boy, Edgardo Mortara, by the Catholic Church in 1858 after the child was secretly baptized by a family servant. The ensuing international scandal and public outcry helped power anti-papist sentiment in Italy and abroad.

Schwartz will play the boy Edgardo, Graff and Countryman his parents. Kayden is set to play the troublesome family servant and LuPone is cast as papal adviser Cardinal Antonelli. Doug Hughes will direct.

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