Featuring: Khadiyah Desilva-Brackins, Carly Germany*, Jeffrey Grover, Robert Hawkes” , Tina D. Stump, and Tom Woodward*
Sunday, JUNE 24 at 2:00 p.m. and Monday, JUNE 25 at 7 p.m.
ENSEMBLE THEATRE, 2843 Washington Blvd, Cleveland Hts.
The old Coventry School. Park at western end of Washington Blvd.
DEFAMATION is the story of two people who fmd themselves in court following an innocent business meeting. Arthur Golden, a wealthy Jewish entrepreneur, had invited Regina Wade, an African-American graphic designer, to his suburban home to enlist her help with an upcoming charity benefit. Their relationship went well until Ms. Wade left and Golden discovered that his watch, a family heirloom, was missing. He shared his concerns/suspicions not only with Ms. Wade, but also with the woman who had recommended her – her primary client.
TODD LOGAN is a filmmaker and humorist, as well as playwright. His plays Tops or Bottoms, Persistence of Vision, Fallout, The Playwright and all that Crap and Botanic Garden have all been seen in Chicago, the last directed by Olympia Dukakis. His best-known screen work is the indie film With a Family Like Mine. He will attend both performances, joining in the audience talkback.
Featuring: Luke Brett, Noah Budin, Eric Thomas Fancher, Dan Folino*, Charles Kartali*, Jacqi Loewy* and Luke Wehner.
(*denotes AEA member)
SUNDAY, MARCH 25, 2012 at 7:00 P.M.
2340 Lee Rd, Cleveland Hts.
(at the Heights Library)
The Goldstein family of Philadelphia was upended when older brother Louis decided to embrace Jewish Orthodoxy and move to Israel during the Vietnam War. Betrayed and bewildered, younger brother Douglas built his life as an advocate for peace. More than two decades later, Louis is a retired officer of the Israeli Army and Douglas is a senior director with Amnesty International. Divided by deep familial wounds and opposing religious and political beliefs, the brothers are forced to reengage when their respective sons make surprising life decisions of their own. HOUSE, DIVIDED is a timely and challenging exploration of faith, family and politics – and our collective failure to consider other points of view.
Playwright Larry Loebell will be in attendance and will conduct an audience discussion immediately following the performance. HOUSE, DIVIDED won a new play commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Its premiere production, at Philadelphia’s InterAct Theatre, was nominated for a Barrymore Best New Play Award.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Ensemble Theatre (in Coventry School)
2843 Washington Blvd. Cleveland Hts.
Mike Cipiti, Paul Floriano*, Jason Markouc, Kelly Smith, Greg Violand*, Jean Zarzour* and Brian Zoldessy*
The Upper East Side Feingolds are on shaky ground well before son Brad returns from college with an unexpected guest. Mayhem ensues when they discover the stranger’s business is collecting bad gambling debts. A cacophony of mistaken identities and miscues, COMPARING BOOKS gives new resonance to “family dysfunction.”
Directed by Jacqi Loewy and starring George Roth*, Mitchell Fields* and Holly Holsinger
From his prison cell, Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff attempts to set the record straight during his interviews with a biographer. His story retold becomes a story relived as he recalls an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor and poet Solomon Galkin. Galkin manages to touch the financier’s otherwise untroubled conscience and reveal some spiritual doubts of his own. Madoff’s personal secretary appears, in fragmented counterpoint, to give her testimony before the SEC.
The Jewish Daily Forward calls Imagining Madoff “a triumphant play about duality and betrayal.”