Harris, Friedman, Robards and Edwards Cast in Next Year in Jerusalem

News   Harris, Friedman, Robards and Edwards Cast in Next Year in Jerusalem Dana Leslie Goldstein's drama Next Year in Jerusalem will play a four-week run at the WorkShop Theater Company in October.

Robert Bruce McIntosh directs the production that launches the company's 2009-2010 season, running Oct. 8-31.

The cast will feature Jodie Bentley (Captain Louie), Burt Edwards (The Cocktail Hour), Dee Dee Friedman (Lost in Yonkers), Timothy Scott Harris (Desire Under the Elms), Elyse Mirto ("Disturbia"), Jake Robards (Our Town) and Sarah Romanello (Les Miserables).

Press notes for Next Year in Jerusalem state, "As a young man, Abraham Mendel escaped Nazi occupied Poland and fled to Palestine, where he fought for Israeli independence, before immigrating to America to appease his pregnant wife. Now approaching retirement, Abraham wishes to leave his legacy to his two grown daughters and return to Israel. He offers security to his eldest, Rachel, by bestowing his successful contracting business to the loyal husband he chose for her. He also has a suitor in mind for his youngest, Faustine, an East Village bohemian with whom he is in constant conflict. As neither understands the sacrifices he has made for them, the tight grip Abraham has always exerted is shaken over Passover dinner, when his secrets and regrets become family knowledge and his return to Jerusalem grows ever more unlikely."

The production has lighting design by Duane Pagano and costume design by Anne Grosz.

Next Year in Jerusalem was developed through the Workshop Theater Company and is the winner of the New England New Play Award. As a librettist, Goldstein has penned LIBERTY: A New Musical and Cyclone and the Pig Faced Lady. For tickets, priced $18, phone (212) 695-4173 ext. 5. The WorkShop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan.

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