La Luna

La Luna

La Luna is a musical that tells the incredible story of Gracia Nasi Mendes, the Renaissance Conversa who saved thousands.

Book, music and lyrics by Joanna Weinberg. Joanna is an actor, writer and composer with 14 original one-woman shows to her name including the critically acclaimed Pandora’s Bag, Piano Diaries, Twelve Shoes, Bianka's Bloodsongs, and Sinksongs – the inspiration for her internationally released feature film Goddess.

Beatrice Nasi, who would come to be known as Gracia Nasi Mendes, one of the richest women in the world, was born in 1510 in Portugal, where her forcibly-baptized, Crypto Jewish family fled from the nearby Spanish Inquisition.

She worked to find a safe place for Jews, setting up an underground network to help Jews leave Portugal, including the Nasi family who lived in Venice, Ferrara, and finally Constantinople, where Doña Gracia assumed a role of leadership in the Sephardi world of the Ottoman Empire.

La Luna
  • La Luna

    Since the sold-out season of this gripping musical by Joanna Weinberg at Emanuel Synagogue, we have been fielding requests to make it available for streaming and we have heard your cries. Gather the family around and experience the magic for yourself.

    Beatrice Nasi, who would come to be known a...

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