The Tenth Man written by Paddy Chayefsky first appeared on Broadway in 1959. The play is set in an orthodox synagogue in Queens on a cold winter day in the early 1950s. The schizophrenic granddaughter of an older member of the congregation is brought to the synagogue with hopes that her inner demon — a dybbuk —can be exorcized in a Cabalist ceremony. But there is not yet the requisite quorum of ten men. And our story begins.

This weekend, on Sunday, Jan. 27, the Tenth Man will be performed as a staged reading at the Hebrew Center. It was adapted for the reading and will be directed by Leslie J. Stark. Mr. Stark is stepping into some large shoes as Mr. Chayefsky won a Pulitzer prize, an Emmy and three Academy Awards during his career.

The show begins at 4 p.m. at the Hebrew Center located at 130 Center street, Vineyard Haven. Call 508-693-0745