Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, Daniel Goldfarb's Off-Broadway hit and Oppenheimer Award winner, opens at Seattle's Empty Space Theatre Jan. 10. Previews began Jan. 5 for a run through Feb. 10. Adam Greenfield directs. In1946 Hollywood, famous Jewish movie mogul Samuel Baum (based on MGM's Samuel Goldwyn) hears of another studio's plan to make a movie about anti-semitism in post-World War II America and wants to make such a film himself. He hires the "best goyische writer in Hollywood," Garfield Hampson, Jr., who feels that with his research into Jewish culture and a good dose of strong sympathy he can write the ultimate indictment of bigotry in America. When he and Baum meet, however, their own ideas about identity come head-to-head, spilling into an evening spent at the bar mitzvah of Baum's son, Adam.
Adam Baum and the Jew Movie was first read on the West Coast - California's South Coast Repertory Theatre included the piece in their NewSCRipts series in 1998. It then made its world premiere with New York City's Blue Light Theatre Company in late 1999 with Ron Liebman as Samuel Baum.
Tom Spiller is Samuel Baum with Terry Edward Moore as Garfield Hampson, Jr. and Jonathan Nielsen Kuhn as his son, Adam.
Designing Adam Baum are Carol Wolfe Clay (sets), Misty Reubens (costumes), Timothy Wratten (lighting) and Nathan Anderson (sound).
Tickets in Seattle are $28-$20. The Empty Space Theatre is located at 3509 Fremont North. For tickets, call (206) 547-7500. The Empty Space Theatre is on the web at http://www.emptyspace.org.
— By Christine Ehren