Sirens Will Be Replaced by Two Jews at Florida Stage in 2009-10

News   Sirens Will Be Replaced by Two Jews at Florida Stage in 2009-10
Florida Stage announced that it is switching one world premiere for another in its 2009-10 season. Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer is seeking more time to work on her comedy, Sirens, so producing director Louis Tyrrell invited Seth Rozin's Two Jews Walk Into a War… to take a slot in the coming season.

Florida Stage, in Palm Beach County, is devoted to new American work and produces world premieres or second productions of plays and musicals.

Tyrrell said in an April 14 statement, "Being able to continue our work with Deborah Zoe Laufer and giving her the time that she needs and wants to continue to work on her play and being able to include Seth's play, is exactly what we should be about here."

Sirens was part of the 2009 1st Stage New Works Festival at Florida Stage, playing to huge audience acclaim. The troupe expects to produce the play in the future, a spokesman told April 14.

Billed as "a funny and poignant new play inspired by actual events," Two Jews Walk Into a War… was penned by InterAct Theatre (Philadelphia) artistic director Seth Rozin. The Oct. 21–Nov. 29 production is described this way: "Hysterically funny and amazingly poignant. In a dilapidated old synagogue in Kabul during the final days of the Taliban regime, the one thing that binds the Jewish community together is — they both hate each other's guts. In 2001, Yitzhak and Zebulon were discovered to be the last two surviving Jews in all of Afghanistan. Inspired by a true story, could it be that the salvation of Afghanistan's Jewish community is left in the hands of a real life middle-eastern odd couple?"

The 23rd Florida Stage season will also include the previously announced world-premiere works Dr. Radio, a new musical by Christopher McGovern and Bill Castellino; When the Sun Shone Brighter, "a lyrical and timely new drama" by South Florida resident Christopher Demos-Brown; and The Storytelling Ability of a Boy, a new play by award-winning author Carter W. Lewis; plus the second professional production of The Sins of the Mother, "a powerful new mystery about revenge and forgiveness," by Israel Horovitz. For the record, Laufer's Sirens is about Sy and Rose, who are on a Mediterranean cruise to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary when Sy hears the most sublime music in the distance. According to Florida Stage, "He leaps overboard and washes ashore on a nearby island where he encounters a very beautiful — and very hip — Siren. An enormously delightful and very funny story for anyone who has even thought about being middle aged."

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