Manhattan Theatre Club
New York, NY
$969/week (LORT B)
Director: David Cromer
Writer: Joshua Harmon
Casting: Kelly Gillespie (viewing tapes)
1st Rehearsal: Early December 2021
1st Preview: o/a 1/5/22
Opens: Early February 2022 T
hrough: Late March 2022
In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately awaits news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great- grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors: “Are we safe?”Following five generations of a French Jewish family, Prayer For The French Republic is a sweeping look at history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred.
Equity’s contracts prohibit discrimination. Equity is committed to diversity and encourages all its employers to engage in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. As such, Equity encourages performers of all ethnicities, gender identities, and ages, as well as performers with disabilities, to submit.
Equity actors for principal and understudy roles in PRAYER FOR THE FRENCH REPUBLIC (see breakdown).
MARCELLE – Mid 50s-early 60s. Female-identifying. A doctor. A mother. Very French. Jewish. Has a solid sense of her identity and place in the world. She has recently achieved the status she’s worked her whole career for. A forceful personality. She runs the show and does not suffer fools.
CHARLES – Mid 50s-early 60s. Male-identifying. Marcelle’s husband. Also a doctor. A father. An Algerian Jew who has lived in France since his family fled Algeria when he was 6. Even-keeled and kind. Urbane. Thoughtful and solid. A man who knows from experience how bad things can get, and while he doesn’t live in fear, he lives with that awareness.
ELODIE – Late 20s. Female-identifying. Marcelle and Charles’s daughter. French-Algerian. Opinionated, out-spoken, sarcastic, combative. Very smart, very funny. Quite depressed. Lives with her parents.
DANIEL – Early-mid 20s. Male-identifying. Marcelle and Charles’s son. French-Algerian. A teacher in a Jewish school in a Jewish neighborhood. He has, in recent years, steadily become more religious than the rest of his family. Sexy in an unassuming way. A bit of an introvert who feels things strongly. Easy to like.
PATRICK – Mid 50s-early 60s. Male-identifying. Marcelle’s brother. Our narrator. An entirely secular Jew. To the point where he thinks religion, in general, is nonsense. Wry, ironic, and charming. As outspoken as his sister and quite certain of his views.
MOLLY – 20. Female-identifying. A distant American cousin. In France to study abroad. A bright an opinionated young woman, who is optimistic and game. Far from ignorant, but her experience of the world is not yet very broad. We watch her assimilate some of the ancient complexities of the world as the play unfolds.
PIERRE – 80s. Male-identifying. Marcelle and Patrick’s father. The last of many generations to run the family’s piano store. A Holocaust survivor. The pain of his memories is kept in check by unflagging pragmatism, his belief in the primacy of family, and the familiarity of the piano store.
IRMA – 60s-70s. Female-identifying. Pierre’s grandmother. Unsentimental, very French. A Jewish mother who survived WWII in her apartment with her husband, not knowing the fate of any of their children. Suppressing her worry and despair costs her, but she manages it.
ADOLPHE – 60s-70s. Male-identifying. Pierre’s grandfather. Visually impaired. A Jewish father who survived WWII in his apartment with his wife, not knowing the fate of any of their children. A quiet man, prone to interiority. But perceptive and kind, and skilled at navigating and soothing his wife’s distress. And, later, that of his son and grandson.
LUCIEN – 40ish. Male-identifying. Irma & Adolphe’s son. A Holocaust survivor. Shattered and shell- shocked by his experience in the camp, of course. But also dazed to be back in the world. Putting one foot in front of the other every day, for his son’s sake. His son is his tether to life and a future and a belief that goodness still exists. Stillness on the surface; tumult underneath.
YOUNG PIERRE – 15. Male-identifying. Lucien’s son, who survived the Holocaust in the camp with him. Smart, but very uncertain and reticent. He has no idea how to be in the world. And how could he? Overwhelmed by the love his grandmother is desperate to shower on him, but always wants to do the right thing. Utterly reliant on his father.
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