DIVIDED AMONG THEMSELVES by Hank Kimmel

£5.00

A righteous rabbi tries to honor the memory of her scheming father without betraying her core beliefs.

Samantha Marcus is a progressive rabbi who wants to live a good and decent life.  She and her three sisters – a successful developer, a struggling tennis pro and an emerging spiritualist – have all been out of touch for years.  Following the death of their father, a hard-drinking, hard-driving union activist, Samantha is impelled  to bring them together to re-calculate their shared legacy and divide his estate.

Divided Among Themselves is a dramatic comedy that explores the differing views in America toward money, charity, and self-reliance – while examining the   relationship a grown child has to a deceased parent. It also shows how righteousness can be overridden by practicality.

The play requires four actresses and two actors, six roles in all. Though the ages of the females are specifically defined in the character breakdown, there is some flexibility so long as the differences in age are reasonably maintained.

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CHARACTERS

DAD – 72 – A former union leader.  A gambling man.

SAMANTHA – 42 – female, a rabbi in Poughkeepsie, NY. Devout, humanistic

ROBIN LESTER – 54 – Lawyer for Dad. 54.  A zealous advocate, mostly for himself.

CLARK – 44 – female, a successful real estate developer who lives overseas.Self-reliant.

JOHNNA (pronounced “John-na”) – 38 – female, an underemployed tennis pro from California.Self-consumed.

ALEX (also known as Felicity) – 32 – female, a former ballet dancer who lives at a spiritual community in Minnesota.Searching, but not necessarily finding.

FURTHER DETAILS MAY BE FOUND IN THE PREVIEW

 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

The play was developed through a workshop production by the Academy Theatre in Atlanta.  It also received developmental work through Working Title Playwrights, Interplay Theatre, Theatre Ariel, and the Park Springs Community Center.  This play was also selected by the Jewish New Play Project one its best new plays and as a semi-finalist for the 2020 New American Voices Playwriting Festival.

 

RUNNING TIME

Approximately 90 minutes

 

PREVIEW

Preview available here

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