If It Weren't for the Women, We'd Still Be Stuck in the DesertbyMollie Gordon
Naomi Bensoussan is a fifth-year rabbinical student hard at work on her thesis about Rahab, the Tanakh's favorite sex worker. Naomi’s journey to complete the project is aided and interfered with by several patriarchs and matriarchs, a potential lover, and of course, Rahab herself.
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If It Weren't for the Women, We'd Still Be Stuck in the Desert
NAOMI BENSOUSSAN: early 30s, she/her, hardworking and bright but a little feisty on the inside, rabbinical student at Rosh Hodesh Rabbinical College
RORY MAXWELL: early 30s, they/them, outgoing and amiable, possibly working at Google
PATRIARCH (plays RABBI EZRA HOROWITZ, RABBI BENJAMIN BENSOUSSAN, STRANGER, STEPHEN BLAU) 60s, he/him: as Benjamin: Naomi’s father, stern, as Ezra: Naomi’s teacher for Judaism and Ethics, a tad pushy, as Stranger: a random creep, as Stephen: representative of Oak Lane Synagogue
MATRIARCH (plays LEAH BENSOUSSAN, RABBI DEBORAH LEVINSON, MRS. FITZPATRICK) 60s, she/her: as Leah: Naomi’s mother, a little tight-strung but well-meaning, as Deborah: Naomi’s advisor at rabbinical school as well as her teacher for Women in the Torah, dedicated, as Mrs. Fitzpatrick: one of Naomi’s neighbors, nosy
RAHAB: 30s, she/her, from the Tanakh, pissed as hell
**Although Rory is the only explicitly trans character, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming actors should be prioritized for all of these roles. Actors of the global majority should be prioritized for all of these roles. The pronouns of individual characters may be adjusted as desired by the director and actors, as long as the changes are made to promote inclusivity.