Great Notices for THE LAW OF RETURN

Our production of THE LAW OF RETURN, Martin Blank’s original spy thriller about Jonathan Jay Pollard, has received fabulous reviews:

“As satisfying as any spy movie and twice as smart! Director Elise Thoron amazingly keeps us on the edge of our seats for the full 75 minutes…[Playwright Martin] Blank is able to raise a lot of intelligent questions about the nature of trust and duty. [Joel] Rooks is stunningly authentic in his portrayal of Eitan, using a soft approach to achieve his hard objectives.”
— Zachary Stewart for

Joel Rooks, André Ware and Ben Mehl in The Law of Return | Photo credit: Hunter Canning

“A crisply written and directed play! Ben Mehl captures Pollard’s narcissism and arrogance as well as his deep insecurity in a twitchy, intense performance…André Ware brings dignity and charm to the role of Steve Harris.”
— Miriam Rinn for the New Jersey Jewish Standard

“[Martin] Blank’s characters drive the play’s drama with their struggle to reconcile paradoxical beliefs…These are just the sort of Big Questions live theater was meant to take on.”
–David Levesley for Washington Jewish Week

Performances continue through August 24th, Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 3pm, at the 4th Street Theatre in NYC. Tickets are only $18 at

The Law of Return Opens in New York City

What an opening weekend! The Law of Return opened with sold out houses and great audience response. The New York premiere play offers an intriguing look at the Jonathan Jay Pollard espionage case. The production continues through August 24th at the 4th Street Theatre in NYC. Tickets are just $18 at Brown Paper Tickets.
Our talented cast — Ben Mehl, Joel Rooks and André Ware — bring this 75-minute play to vivid life under the direction of Elise Thoron. Our creative team – Alexis Distler (scenic), Debra Bergsma Otte (costumes), Nicole Pearce (lighting) and Jeremy J. Lee (sound) — richly supports the world of 1980s espionage with their beautiful designs, which were realized by our outstanding technical director Matt Vieira and our out-of-this-world production manager Sandy Yaklin.
Big thanks to our other crew members — Alling Langin (associate lighting designer), Becky Abramowitz (assistant director), and production assistants Carlos Pavon and John Rivera — as well as our tremendous donors for making this show possible.

One Week Away — The Law of Return Begins August 1st



THE LAW OF RETURN starts performances August 1st through August 24th. Please join us for this darkly humorous play about real world issues. Follow Jonathan Jay Pollard (Ben Mehl, pictured left) as he decides to spy on the US government on behalf of Israel, particularly under the directive of Rafi Eitan (Joel Rooks, pictured right), and betray Commander Steve  Harris (André Ware, pictured below right).

This 85-minute spy thriller play will unfold at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th St., between 2nd Avenue and Bowery). You can save on preview tickets (August 1st & 2nd) with code Pollard; tickets are only $12 (instead of regularly priced $18) for those two performances. For the rest of the run, use code Dusty for $15 tickets (regularly $18). Click here to get your tickets.

See you at the theater!

Photos by Dan Almekinder Photography.


The Law of Return Cast Is Announced

LOR Cast

Casting has been announced for the New York premiere of THE LAW OF RETURN, playwright Martin Blank’s (“Closing Time,” “Avenue of the Americas”) original spy thriller inspired by events surrounding the Jay Pollard espionage case, directed by Elise Thoron (“County of Kings”) and featuring Ben Mehl (“Habit”), André Ware (“Halfway There”) and Joel Rooks (“Say Goodnight Gracie”) — all three pictured above — with preview performances beginning August 1 prior to an official press opening of August 7 at the 4th Street Theatre (83 East 4th Street, btw. Bowery and Second Ave). THE LAW OF RETURN is presented Off-Broadway by Newsom Zipoy Productions.

Get your tickets now at or by calling 800-838-3006. You do not want to miss Ben, André and Joel in this powerhouse dramedy.

We Made Our Fundraising Goal — Thanks to You!


Thank you to our 81 funders for helping us reach $15,015 on Indiegogo! We started out with a goal of $7,500, and through our supporters’ amazing generosity, we doubled it. We are thrilled to bring The Law of Return to NYC in August, and your kind donations mean the production has a top notch creative team and cast and will look and sound wonderful.

It’s an honor to put Martin Blank’s spy thriller on the New York boards, and we sincerely could not have done it without you!

We will keep you posted on the latest developments for The Law of Return.


‘The Law of Return’ Graphic Design

Here is the stunning graphic design for The Law of Return, Martin Blank‘s spy thriller. The play’s New York premiere will take place August 1 – 24, 2014 at the Fourth Street Theatre in downtown Manhattan. Elise Thoron will direct.
Thanks to Theresa for creating this terrific poster.
And, don’t forget, we’ve got an Indiegogo campaign to bring this fast-paced, exciting play to the Big Apple. Check it out here.

The Law of Return Comes to NYC August 2014

Get ready for the New York premiere of The Law of Return by Martin Blank August 1 – 24, 2014 at the Fourth Street Theatre in New York City. Elise Thoron will direct the spy thriller about the famed Jonathan ‘Jay’ Pollard espionage case that has riveted the U.S. for three decades. Produced by Newsom Zipoy Productions, tickets for this limited run are already on sale at Brown Paper Tickets.

You may also help the production with its final phase of fundraising by making a tax-deductible donation at Indiegogo. Join dozens of funders in supporting this exciting, adventurous play.