Oklahoma Samovar

In 1887, two Latvian teenagers, Jake and Hattie, flee the Russian Army and become the only Jews in the Oklahoma Land Rush. One hundred years later, their ninety-year-old daughter Sylvia reinvents their story, aided by ghosts, blintzes and strong Russian tea. Traveling through time, five generations in a Jewish pioneer family travel East to West and then West to East, staking their claims in Kansas, Oklahoma,...
In 1887, two Latvian teenagers, Jake and Hattie, flee the Russian Army and become the only Jews in the Oklahoma Land Rush. One hundred years later, their ninety-year-old daughter Sylvia reinvents their story, aided by ghosts, blintzes and strong Russian tea. Traveling through time, five generations in a Jewish pioneer family travel East to West and then West to East, staking their claims in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Coney Island. Along the way, they put down roots and dig graves, embodying their own Jewish variations on the mythologized and turbulent American Dream. Based on real events, Oklahoma Samovar is an utterly human and absolutely unique American story.

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Oklahoma Samovar

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Jewish Plays Project, National Jewish Playwriting Contest virtual tour
    ,
    2021

Production History

  • Workshop
    ,
    78th Street Theatre Lab
    ,
    2009

Awards

Finalist
,
Jewish Play Project 10th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest
,
Jewish Play Project
,
2021