THE LAST YIDDISH SPEAKER

Sarah is struggling to survive her senior year of high school - new town, new school, new boyfriend. She's also struggling to survive the new America, where the insurrection was successful and everything has changed. When an ancient Yiddish-speaking woman is deposited on their doorstep, Sarah and her father must decide whether to help the woman hide or to save themselves.
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THE LAST YIDDISH SPEAKER

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  • Maggie Cain:
    8 May. 2024
    A well-written piece about what really could happen! The tension is there from the beginning, and it brings up topics to struggle with: how much do we need to fit in? how much can we fight oppression and discrimination? are we complicit if we go along to get along? Though it centers on Judaism and the right for Jews to exist, it has universal appeal to anyone who worries about marginalized groups, and the often-unwitting or uneducated, both well-meaning and vengeful who group together to persecute them.
  • Red Theater:
    8 May. 2024
    A tense, all-too-possible near future play that strikes at the heart of what makes survival "worth it." Laufer's characters feel familiar, which only elevates the audience's investment in their choices. Check out its rolling premiere if you can!
  • Shaun Leisher:
    8 May. 2024
    A play that pictures a world where being different (non-Christian and queer, for example) is a crime. A play about keeping one's heritage alive. I loved how fleshed out this world is and how complicated these characters are. It's a terrifying read with an ending full of hope and despair. This play couldn't be more relevant. Program this play and start some much needed dialogue.

Development History

  • Workshop
    ,
    Theatre Lab
    ,
    2023

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    InterAct
    ,
    2024

Awards

Lortel Alcove Micro-Commission
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Lucille Lortel Foundation
,
2023