In this fresh and funny “holiday” drama, the Schwartz siblings gather for a yahrzeit, the anniversary of their father’s death. Perfect for a night out with family-members this holiday season, the play explores what it’s like as things get awkward and complicated when everyone’s closer.
Family gatherings can be fraught. There are taboo topics, sensitive issues, personal opinions. Everyone has their own perspective, and sometimes it’s hard to imagine how this group of people actually grew up under the same roof. Yet the bonds are there – in shared memories, traditional food and holiday rituals.
“I really like all the perspectives she [playwright Laufer] gets in the cast, it makes for a really diverse but accurate family,” says director Scott Ecker. “It’s about women’s issues, people on the spectrum and culture and religion. There’s just a lot going on.”
Ecker goes on to explain the dynamic saying, “I wouldn’t say they’re chaotic, I was talking about this with one of the designers and I used the term dysfunctional family, and she said, “well no, it’s a family, it’s not dysfunctional it’s just a family,” but it does get funny and chaotic at times, it’s playing up what’s fun about it, but rounding it out with real characters and emotions.”
The set has a familiar feel of a warm grandma’s home with intricate green wallpaper, comforting furnishings and even a telescope, hinting at an outside universe beyond the set screen.
“It was a very fun project.,” says Rebekah Fornes, the creative mind behind this production’s scenic design and technical direction. “I work primarily in schools teaching students how to build sets, so this is probably the smallest set that I’ve done since college, but it actually presented me with a lot of new challenges because of that.”
Watch as the relationship between these 4 jewish siblings unfolds in a quant, cozy home on stage at Theatre B.
The Last Schwartz is written by Deborah Zoe Laufer.
Norma played by Mary Cochran
Herb played by Michael Sunram*
Simon played by Jacob Hartje*
Bonnie played by Cate Ross
Gene played by Jeff Rondeau
Kia played by Clare Lynch*
*Theatre B Ensemble Member
THE LAST SCHWARTZ by Deborah Zoe Laufer runs weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. To make sure cost is not a barrier, Theatre B offers Pay What You Will pricing on opening weekend. The ASL Interpreted performance will be Saturday, December 7, and Audio Description will be provided for the visually impaired Sunday, December 8 or by advance reservation. There will also be a Sunday Salon social and discussion following the play on Sunday, December 15th, with light snacks from BernBaum’s.
For tickets and information, please visit www.theatreb.org
About Theatre B:
The mission of Theatre B is to invigorate civic conversation through intimate and transformative story-telling. Since 2003, the Ensemble and guest artists of Theatre B have brought to life a wide variety of the latest award-winning plays and bold new works. By removing barriers between actor and audience, and intensifying the experience of intimacy, Theatre B productions inspire a sense of community, engage conversation, and prompt viewers to contemplate the stories long after they have left the theatre. For more information about Theatre B, visit www.theatreb.org.
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