Zalmen or the madness of God


A play by Elie Wiesel

Directed by Guila Clara Kessous

Maria Natapov

Maria Natapov is thrilled and honored to be part of this amazing production which is very near and dear to her heart.  Born in Russia, her family immigrated to America shortly after her 8th birthday largely because of the oppressive communist regime, and its particularly cruel treatment of the Jewish people, which is beautifully explored in the touching story of Zalmen, or the Madness of God.

A little over 2 years ago she summoned the courage to dip her feet in the tantalizing waters of a childhood dream and explore her love for acting, recently having made her stage debut playing Jennet Jourdemayne in the Theater@First Production of The Lady’s Not for Burning.  Most of her other acting experience consists of roles in independent films, such as Turkel, in Tame: Episode I; Katherina, in Palmiro; and Mary, in Teenage Jesus.  Having been bitten by the acting bug she continues to explore the depths of a burgeoning passion.