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Auditions for A Shayna Maidel (winter touring show)

A SHAYNA MAIDEL by Barbara Lebow

Directed by Adrianne Moore

Auditions October 28th 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  Ages 13 and up

Rehearsals: Saturdays 3:00 p.m.-5:30  November 18th, December 2nd, 9th, 16th

December 27th, December 28th, 29th (1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.) January 2nd-6th (1:30-5:00)

January 8th-11th (5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.)

Performances January 12th 7:30 p.m.  January 13th and January 14th 2:00 p.m. The Waterworks, School shows January 16th, 17th , 18th 10 a.m. Friday, January 19th 7:30 p.m (Adele Grage) Saturday, January 20th2:00 p.m.

Tutition: $400 (40 hours/10.00 hrs)

The time is 1945 in NYC. The Holocaust has split apart a family as the father and youngest daughter escape to America and the mother and eldest daughter are left behind. As the play opens the father and daughter have just learned that the older daughter has survived and is on her way to NYC to be reunited with the only family she has left. A touching drama unfolds. Sometimes sad. Sometimes joyful. The question being can this family set aside all that divides them and become one again?

Mordechai–  (This role will be played by a Teaching Artist) Late 60s but looks wonderful. Father of Rose and Lusia. Could pass for a much younger man. Religious, devout, elegant. Very old Europe. The hub of the family wheel. He represses any emotions which would betray weakness or vulnerability. This does not mean he doesn’t feel them.

Rose: Early to mid 20s. Daughter of Mordechai. Sister of Lusia. Pretty and bright. Assimilated but not ashamed of /or trying to hide her Jewish identity. Very little memory of her childhood in Poland but deeply curious about it.

Lusia: Late 20s to Early 30s. Sister of Rose. Daughter of Mordechai. Very much a stranger in a strange world. Haunted by her past but careful not to let others know. Strong and Stubborn and hopeful. Not self pitying.

Duvid: mid 30s Husband of Lusia. For most of the play only appears as a ghost/dream. Funny, handsome. Deeply loves Lusia.

Mama: Various ages. Mother of Rose and Lusia. Wife of Mordechai. Pretty and generous woman. Appears only as a memory.

Hannah: Lusia’s childhood friend. She ages from 14-late 20s. Only appears in Lusia’s memory.