The Higher Love

“In Arabic there are 50 words to express the many aspects of love; in English but one. One.”

Written by Germaine Shames

Directed by Eric Parness


  • Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 6:00pm

Language: English

Age: All Ages

Location: IATI Theater (64 E. 4th St. NYC 10003)

Website: Facebook Event


Entire generations have read the global bestseller, “The Prophet,” but how much do they know about its author, Kahlil Gibran? Gibran, Lebanese by birth, may be the most tragically successful American immigrant of all time. Less known still is his patron, Mary Haskell, the indomitable Southern reformer responsible for his fame. In The Higher Love, two impressionable actors, Salim and Lucy, land the roles of a lifetime: poet Khalil Gibran and his patron, Mary Haskell. As rehearsals progress, the actors grapple with their unpredictable characters, the meaning of love, and the stage kiss to end all. Offstage, a tragedy strikes the play’s director, casting into doubt Gibran’s and Haskell’s lofty, if unrealized, ideals. From infatuation to heartache to conviction, each character is tested in his/her quest to seize the higher love.

About the Playwright

Germaine Shames, winner of her state’s Literary Fellowship in Fiction, is author of the award-winning novels, Between Two Deserts and You, Fascinating You. Writing under the pen name Casper Silk (Hotel Noir, Echo Year), she has been compared to F. Scott Fitzgerald, Graham Greene and P.D. James “on steroids”. A returning playwright, Shames majored in Theatre as an undergraduate. In 2017-18, the playwright celebrated the New York City premiere of her musical comedy, Anna Karenina Lives!, the selection of her drama-thriller, The Degenerates, for Williams Street Rep’s LAB New Play Series, her adaptation, The Virgin and the Gypsy, for the Festival of New American Theatre, and her musical, The Manifesto, for the Art of Adaptation Festival. Her bio-drama, The Higher Love, will be workshopped in Phoenix as part of the Sandbox, in Dallas by Wingspan Theatre, and in NYC through IATI’s Cimientos 2019. Her adaptation, The Lost Girl, recently won Starlight Theater’s Playwriting Award. Her new musical, Naked, will premiere at Theatre Elision this Fall. As a librettist and lyricist, Shames collaborates with world-class composers in musical theatre, opera, choral and popular music. She is proud to mentor teen playwrights at her state theatre.


Louis Sallan
Anna Marie Sell
Harris Elizabeth King


This Reading is free of charge–your kind donation is accepted.  The first glass of that red elixir of life–wine–is on us.  All proceeds ensure that we continue to support the genesis of theater: the playwright!

Seating is limited.