Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran is about an unlikely friendship between a troubled Jewish boy and a solitary Arab man. Young Moise quickly learns that Monsieur Ibrahim has much more to offer him than the small grocery items he routinely pilfers from Ibrahim’s neighborhood store. Set in 1960s Paris, the play examines the definition of family, both the one acquired at birth and the one earned, chosen and nurtured over the course of a life.

Reviews of Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran

“A delicate 75-minute etching which is subtle and worthwhile…Mr. Schmitt displays a lyrical touch and is adept at sly humor…a pleasant $15 surprise.”
The New York Times

“Ed Vassallo plays Moise with enormous charm. The play has been given an unusually beautiful production that conjures all the moods of the Mediterranean.”
The New York Daily News

Photos by Carol Rosegg

U.S. Premiere
JAN 18 – FEB 16, 2003

Written by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt
Translated by Stéphane Laporte
Directed by Maria Mileaf

Ed Vassallo

Set Design:
Neil Patel
Costume Design:
Katherine Roth
Lighting Design:
Lenore Doxsee
Sound/Original Music:
Robert Kaplowitz

McGinn/Cazale Theater

2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024