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Today I Am! Five Short Plays About Growing Up Jewish

Five Short Plays about Growing Up Jewish.

  • Collection / Anthology
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 75 minutes

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences
  • Set Requirements: Bare Stage/Simple Set

  • Performance Group:
  • Community Theatre, College Theatre / Student, High School/Secondary, Senior Theatre
One Foot After Another, adapted from a story by Lois Ruby (2f, 2m)
Barry is 13 years old and will become a bar mitzvah and graduate college on the same day. Alma is 82, a college freshman, and hasn't been inside a synagogue since the early '30s. They're out of step with everyone, but not with each other.

David's Star, adapted from a story by Jacqueline Dembar Greene (2m, 2f)
A Sephardic Jew who prefers to keep her heritage to herself, teenager Cara chooses to take a stand when her boss' anti-Semitism threatens her friend Sam.

The Heart of Buchanan, adapted from a story by Sandy Asher (5f)
Sarah's military family moves often, but never before to a town as small as Buchanan. Sarah makes friends by singing in the choir and takes the Christmas program lightly -- until she realizes its effect on her more vulnerable little sister.

Wrestling With Angels, adapted from a story by Carol Matas (2m, 3f)
Jaci doubts her religion and feel pressured to keep up with her friends, who have decided on a boyfriend for her and a body-piercing to celebrate her birthday. But a dream interpreted by an Orthodox classmate gives her a new perspective on herself and on Judaism. 

Frank and Stein, adapted from a story by Eve B. Feldman (2m, 2f)
Ben Stein receives a diary as a bar mitzvah present and records the agony and ecstasy of the hours leading up to and beyond his big day. 

  • Casting:
  • Casting Attributes: Flexible casting
  • Casting Notes: May double or expand to fit your needs.

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