Revised September 20, 1998

Plays

  1. Ancient Boys
    Jean-Claude van Itallie.
  2. And Now, For My Next Life
    1992. Steve Goldring.
    "Gay actor Steve Goldring's one-man musical autobiography is not bad, but it's less than good. He sings and chats, laying out his story for us: from growing up in a middle-class Ohio-Jewish household to living with the HIV virus. The show's main problem stems from Goldring being the writer, songster (with R.G. Murphy) and director: too many hats and no one to run interference. His strongest song is 'Dodging Bullets (is a game)' about the current perils of sexual congress with others, but there's too much hectoring in his AIDS lecturing. Goldring is an engaging performer, although not a well-trained actor, and what works best is his determination to make the most of what time he has left. But the ending is too mawkish and sentimental, and the evening only fitfully comes alive." [Review by Dale Reynolds in "Frontiers" volume 10:22 (1992/02/28) p.58.]
  3. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,
    Part One: Millennium Approaches
    .
    1992. Tony Kushner.
    Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY; ISBN 1559360607 (cloth); 1559360615 (pbk)
    "In playwright Tony Kushner's life, being Jewish and being gay play equally important roles. Not one to shy away from truth or controversy, his latest work is infused with both cultures. ..a two-play epic set in New York City - and heaven - in the mid-'80s. The plays focus on a gay couple (Louis, who is Jewish, and Prior, who contacts AIDS), a married Mormon couple and Roy Cohn, the notorious gay Jewish attorney who died of AIDS. Ethel Rosenberg (whose execution as a spy, the play asserts, was a miscarriage of justice brought about by Cohn's intervention), a rabbi and several angels make cameo appearances."[extract from review by Michael Fox, Northern California Jewish Bullentin, May 24, 1991]
  4. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,
    Part Two: Perestroika
    .
    1994. Tony Kushner.
    Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY; ISBN 1559360720 (cloth); 1559360739 (pbk)
  5. As Is.
    1985. William M. Hoffman
    Random House, New York, NY; ISBN 039455096X (cloth) 0394742869 (pbk)
  6. Balancing Act
    1996. Diane Amos
    Review: Piroshkis and Pesach part of black actress' life story [Cyndi Spindell]
  7. Bent
    1979. Martin Sherman.
    Amber Lane Press, Ashover, Derbyshire; ISBN 0906399092 (pbk)
    A play concerning a gay love affair set against the backdrop of Nazi persecution of homosexuals during World War II.
  8. The Boys In the Band.
    1968. Mart Crowley.
    Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Alyson; ISBN 0573640041 (pbk) 1555833578
  9. Camp Paradox
    1992. Barbara Graham.
  10. The Case of the Fugitive Dyke
    1992. Judith Katz.
  11. Dany's Gift
    1992/Spring. Lois Fine. Fireweed, Toronto, ON; ISBN 07063857 (pbk)
    [scene 4] This scene is an excerpt from a work in progress which deals with Jewish/Palestinian relations and the ways that they impact directly on a particular Jewish family. The play locates itself within the Lesbian community as its main character Dany, a Lesbian co-mother deals with her grandmother and her grandmother's attiudes towards her lesbianism and her pro-Palestinian activism. Dany's lover Rhonda has died and in this scene Rhonda's Bubby Sarah is remembering her granddaughter to the Golden Age Club Volunteer, Mrs. Spivack.
  12. A Day at the Beach
    1991. John Palmer.
    Coach House Press, Toronto, ON; ISBN 0889103739 (pbk)
    A play in which the second act takes place at a Sukkot dance in a New York gay synagogue.
  13. The Destiny of Me.
    1993. Larry Kramer.
    Plume/Dutton, New York, NY; ISBN 0452270162 (pbk)
    Drama "Ten years later, Ned Weeks, a character in Kramer's The Normal Heart, comes to terms with his own life and mortality." new York: Circle Repertory, 1992.
  14. Drag Queens Marry David & José
    1996. Marco Kujovic; Robert Kanin White
    Musical comedy. New York: Ethel and Pearl Productions, 1996.
  15. Epstein on the Beach
    1984. Sarah Schulman; Robin Epstein.
    Comedy."The Cherry Orchard relocated to Brighton Beach, Brooklyn." New York: University of the Streets, 1984.
  16. An Evening with Shelly Mars
    Shelly Mars.
    "Shelly takes us into the dark, hilarious world of Zana Anna Rosen, a Jewish lesbian separatist feminist poetess from Northampton; Martin, a Merrill Lynch middle management guy striving to repress his homosexuality; Marguerite Baker, Shelly's mentally handicapped housekeeper who raised her; and Gerrine Miller, a midwestern biological pest expert and arsonist."
  17. Falsettoland
    1990. William Finn.
    A Jewish gay and lesbian musical continuing the story from March of the Falsettos.
  18. Falsettos: three one-act musicals.
    1993. William Finn; James Lapine.
    Plume, New York, NY; ISBN 0452270723 (pbk)
    A Jewish gay and lesbian Broadway musical joining and reviving "March of the Falsettos" (1981) and "Falsettoland" (1990).
  19. Family Business
    1979. Dick Goldberg.
    Dramatists Play Service, New York, NY.
    Drama. "A rich man dominates his four sons, three of whom still live at home. Knowing he soon will die, he writes a will to control the disposition of his estate. Each son has an interest in the money. One is heavily in debt; another wants to maintain the family business; a third wants things to be the way they used to be; and the gay son wants independence from the others." New York: Astor Place Theatre, 1978.
  20. The Family Business
    1994. David Gordon; Ain Gordon.
    "The action chronicles the hospitalization and eventual death of Annie Kinsman, an elderly Jewish kvetch who has fallen in her kitchen... [and her] flustered great-nephew... is forced to take care of her. She is literally eating him up alive, besides ruining his (gay) sex life." [The New Republic. April 4, 1994. p.28.]
  21. 411 Joseph ...NEW
    Frawley Becker.
    "What was it like to be gay and Jewish in 1948? What was it like to be gay and Jewish in 1969?"
  22. God of Vengeance [Got fun nekome]
    1986. Sholem Asch.
    "3 Great Jewish Plays"; Applause Theatre Book Publishers, New York, NY; ISBN 093683904X (pbk)
    Yiddish play in which appeared the first lesbian character to be seen on the New York stage.
  23. Home Visit
    1991. Lauren Cuttler.
    Lauren Cuttler's second play. It recounts the return of a daughter, who now lives in San Francisco, to her parents' home in a New York suburb when her father becomes ill. The family is Jewish and the daughter is lesbian. "I wanted to write a play where the daughter's being gay wasn't a big deal, because they were going to argue over everything anyway."
  24. Homo for the Holidays
    1992. John F. Karr; F. Allen Sawyer.
    A comedy revue with music presents a uniquely gay and lesbian perspective on a wide range of traditional holidays including two sketches about Chanukah. See Michael Fox's review "Gay holiday revue takes on assimilation and identity" NCJB 92/11/13 page 28.
  25. How to Say Kaddish with Your Mouth Shut: One Comic Family's Misery
    1988. Claire Olivia Moed.
    Comedy. "Mother Goddess and her daughters, Grace and Patrice, are waiting in the ER of life to find out which one of them is dead. Between the competitive lesbianism of Mother and Grace, sibling rivalry between Patrice and Grace, and Patrice's desperate attempt to come out of the closet as a heterosexual, there is always time to eat and practice the violin." New York: WOW Café, 1988.
  26. I Like the Likes of You
    1992. Robert Coles.
    Comedy. "Beth is a nice Jewish girl with a mother who's a political activist with lots of straight and gay friends." New York: Vortex Theatre, 1992.
  27. If This Isn't Love! (Two Men-Twenty Years-Three Acts).
    1982. Sidney Morris.
    JH Press/Tnt Classics; ISBN 0935672087 (pbk) 9994916750
    "... two men [one Jewish, one Irish, both New Yorkers] meet in their teens and become and remain lovers into their forties."
  28. In the OUTfield: Confessions of a New York Jewish Southern Dyke
    1996. Laurie Wolf
    For booking information: OUTfield Productions
  29. Jest a Second!
    1996. James Sherman. Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York, NY; ISBN 0-8222-1505-5
    Joel Goldman decides to come out to his family at his nephew's birthday party by inviting Randy, his boyfriend, who the family thinks is his girlfriend. The fun begins when Joel chickens out upon Randy's arrival and Bob, Joel's brother-in-law, dons drag to pretend to be a female Randy.
    Review: Jest a Second! [Martin Denton]
  30. Jew Meat
    1993/01. John Ellis; Douglas Sadownick; Matt Silverstein.
    A three-person, two-hour performance piece about the intersection of gay and Jewish life which takes place (metaphorically speaking) on the cultural corner where the Borscht Belt meets Castro Street, the place where Yiddishkeit and Fabu-keit come together. Written and performed by John Ellis, Doug Sadownick and Matt Silverstein.
  31. Just Say No: A Play About A Farce.
    1989. Larry Kramer.
    St. Martin's Press, New York, NY; ISBN 0312033710 (cloth) 0312054521 (pbk)
  32. The King of Kings and I (formerly "My Life as a Christian")
    1993. Jaffe Cohen.
    "Can a gay Jew find happiness with a 2,000 year old Religion?" New Village Productions premier at Courtyard Playhouse, 39 Grove Street, NYC (212)779-3051.
  33. A Language of One
    1995. Drew Emery & Lewis Merkin.
  34. The Last Blue Angel ...NEW
    Alex Prior.
    "Heine Leibowitz is "The Last Blue Angel," a gay German Jew of Polish desscent - a Berlin cabaret performer who fled the Gestapo and wound up in Kings Cross, and in the arms of the New South Wales Police Special Branch. According to Special Branch file number 162 "the subject in question is arrogant and his behaviour in the Kings Cross neighbourhood is well known. He is, in the opinion of this Officer, the type that gives some understanding of Hitler's attitude towards the Jews." In an Australian Army caught somewhere between cabaret and burlesque, is the secret history of Heine's war. A rollicking musical comedy where it's hard to tell the difference between ignorance and honesty, or malice and mistake."
  35. The Magic Formula
    Sidney Morris.
    "brings together a Holocaust survivor and the gay son he sent to America before the war."
  36. March of the Falsettos
    1981. William Finn.
    Samuel French © Natick Music Company, New York, NY.
    A Jewish and gay musical.
  37. Melding Jokers
    1996. Sanford Eliot Schimel.
  38. Mother/Son1997. Jeffry Solomon.
  39. My Left Breast
    1996. Susan Miller.
    "I am a One Breasted, Menopausal, Jewish, Bisexual Lesbian Mom and I am in."
  40. My Life as a Christian (see "The King of Kings and I")
  41. Nazi/Jew/Queer
    1993. Michael Achtman.
    "My tack is to link my Jewish background, anti-Semitism and homosexuality. I was researching the Holocaust and thinking about the connection to my being gay. Then last year I was bashed and discovered that such violence is a rite of passage for neo-Nazi groups. That's when I started to think about the eroticizing of skinheads and violence in a section of gay culture. I'm not opposed to that, but it's ironic that these skinheads are the people who are out there bashing gays." Achtman ties all three ideas together in a trio of contemporary monologues invoving a queer, a neo-Nazi and a Jewish figure with his own racist biases. First performed on August 19, 1993 at the Tarragon Theatre, Toronto.
  42. The Normal Heart.
    1985. Larry Kramer.
    Plume/New American Library, New York, NY; ISBN 0452257980 (pbk)
    Drama. "Riveting indictment of all those-government, media, public officials, and individuals-who have refused to deal seriously with the AIDS crisis." New York: Public Theater, 1985.
  43. Ohio Melody
    1992. Rosemary McLaughlin.
    Comedy. "Melody can't face seeing her relatives with their tales of hamster genocide and family gunplay, but it is Christmas, and her friend has kept the travel agency open just for her. Melody envies the normal family of her lover, Pickles, and how her own clan admires Pickles for being a New York Jewish lawyer who listens to their tales of woe." New York: Waterfront Ensemble at the Pelican, 1990. Agent: Judith Turkel, Esq.
  44. Outing Wittgenstein, or Sunday in the Park with Ludwig
    [author unknown].
    "A comedy about a week in the lives of four New Yorkers, the second in a trilogy about gay Jewish Viennese philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein." Castillo Theater, 500 Greenwich St, New York, NY (212) 941-1234. June 1993.
  45. Passing
    Bonnie J. Morris
    A one-woman play about growing up as a witness to the covert and overt anti-Semitism in America. Bonnie Jean, the daughter of an intermarriage, was encouraged to "take advantage of" the Scandinavian characteristics she inherited from her father and "pass" whenever she could. The play chronicles Bonnie's embrace of Judaism and her development as a lesbian, to the point of an appointment to the faculty of the Harvard School of Divinity. Bonnie Morris is a Jewish lesbian professor of Jewish Women's History, currently at Northeastern University.
  46. Passing By
    1972. Martin Sherman.
    "The new innocences and naturalness here are such that when Toby gives Simon hepatitis, they savor being ill together, getting well, and splitting, no hard feelings and close to none of the usual suicidal impulses. Toby is given to exclaiming, 'Feh!'" [Edward Norden]
  47. Picture Me
    1990. Margery Kreitman.
    Comedy, Drama. "Painter Audrey can't seem to finish a portrait of her childhood nanny Rosie. Her lover has left her, and her 35th birthday takes her home to New York, where the need for comfort and safety is soured by the prejudices of her mother and old family friends. Seeking out and finding Rosie, she and Audrey struggle to come to grips with what each has become: Rosie, a forgetful old black woman with strong religious beliefs who wants to rest from a hard life, and Audrey, a Jewish lesbian-feminist-artist who is searching again for a long ago lost love." New York: Theatre Rhinoceros, 1990.
  48. The Pink Triangle
    1992. Win Wells.
    "Old World Plays"; Stage Whisper, Pittsburgh, PA
    Drama. "After WWII, a German director visits the U.S. and tells of the Nazis incarcerating him with American gay theater people." Cambridge, MA: New Dance Complex, 1992.
  49. Play Murder: A Post-Modern/Bisexual Thriller.
    1993. Sky Gilbert.
    blizzard Publications; ISBN 0921368496 (pbk)
    Inspired by Jon Bradshaw's "Dreams That Money Can Buy," a biography of Libby Holman.
  50. Rosen's Son
    Joe Pintauro.
    "Joe Pintauro's overwrought 'Rosen's Son' features a meaningless and contrived confrontation between an elderly Orthodox Jew and his late son's gay lover."['One-act Festival' @ Theater 40, Beverly Hills, CA; February 1995; (213)466-1767]
  51. Roses for a Knight
    1984. Jesse Mavro.
    Drama. "A feminist 'take' on Camelot. A modern Jewish lesbian writer frames the inner story of one of her creations, Vera, who is posing as a man in order to serve as a knight in King Arthur's court. Her ambivalence toward fighting in the Crusades and her obsession with Guinevere are conflicts she must resolve." Cambridge, MA: Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1984.
  52. Selected Shorts
    1991. Robin Margaret Bernstein.
    Comedy. "In a burst of quick scenes, Lily Horowitz tells of her search for the perfect woman." Philadelphia: Avalanche Theatre Troupe, 1991.
  53. Silent Amidah
    Mark Belson.
    [90-minute intermissionless one-act play] "[the play] recreates in real time one night in the life of an Orthodox Jewish family a year after the loss of a son to AIDS." [Southwest Script Search, attn: Howard Allen, 5149 W. Malachite Pl., Tucson, AZ 85741]
  54. The Sisters Rosensweig
    1993. Wendy Wasserstein.
    Harcourt Brace & Company, New York, NY; ISBN 0151826927 (cloth)
  55. Someone Else from Queens Is Queer
    1993. Richard Elovich. Theater
    "A composite of many stories, speeches, and confidences shared by friends. It is not autobiography, nor is it a piece of fiction. It has its roots in 'This Is Not a Soapbox,' written by Gregg Bordowitz. This work is dedicated to him." [All inquiries should be sent to Joyce Ketay Agency, 1501 Broadway, Suite 1910, New York, NY 10036.]
  56. Soup
    1986. Ellen Gruber Garvey.
    "Places, Please!: The First Anthology of Lesbian Plays"; Spinsters/Aunt Lute, San Francisco, CA
    Drama. "Two Jewish lesbians attempt to rewrite each other's life narrative while discussing their relationships concerning their families, food, and each other."
  57. The Stand-In
    Keith Curran.
    "Should gay celebrities be 'outed' by gay reporters or should they be free to make their own choice? That is the crux of Keith Curran's very funny and though-provoking comedy. Lester Perry is a former daytime soap stud who has taken the role of a gay Jewish umpire in a cheesy cable movie..." [Review by Rob Stevens (Frontiers. February 24, 1995. Page 77)] [Performed at The Huson Backstage, Hollywood - through March 5, 1995 - (213)660-8587]
  58. The Story of the Postcard
    1992. Gloria Dickler.
    Drama. "A love story between Shell, the writer and storyteller of the postcard, and Ruth, a psychotherapist. The story of the actual postcard is about the love between a boy and girl, both Jewish, during WWII in Poland. The boy/girl story mirrors the Shell/Ruth story, and becomes the vehicle by which Ruth and Shell arrive at their individual truths." Woodstock, NY: Common Stage Theatre, 1992.
  59. The Substance of Fire: A Screenplay.
    1996. Jon Robin Baitz.
    Hyperion, New York, NY; ISBN 0786882565 (pbk)
  60. The Substance of Fire and Other Plays.
    1993. Jon Robin Baitz.
    Includes three plays; "The Substance of Fire," "The End of the Day," and "The Film Society."
    Theatre Communications Group, New York, NY; ISBN 1559360526 (cloth); 1559360518 (pbk)
  61. Sunday bloody Sunday: the original screnplay of the John Schlesinger film
    1986. Penelope Gilliatt.
    Dodd, Mead & Company, New York, NY; ISBN 0396084923 (cloth); 0396085393 (pbk)
  62. Torch Song Trilogy
    1983. Harvey Fierstein.
    Villard Books, New York, NY; ISBN 039453428X (cloth); 0960472401 (pbk)
    "Torch Song" has become a modern classic, first as a Broadway play and now as a movie. It chronicles the triumphs and tragedies of a gay Jewish drag queen, including his relationships with his mother, his lovers, and his adopted son.
  63. The Twilight of the Golds
    1993. Jonathan Tolins.
    Samuel French; ISBN 057369463X
    "A dark comedy about the decision faced by a young couple (with input from the wife's parents and gay brother) when they find out their unborn child will be gay. It's sci-fi meets Jewish memory play."
  64. 2 Samuel II, Etc.
    David Greenspan.
    Two one-act monologues juxatposing the biblical tale of David and Bathsheba with a series of homo-erotic masturbatory fantasies. See Paul Freeman's review in NCJB 1992/09/25.
  65. Visiting Mr. Green
    1996. Jeff Baron
    "chronicles the relationship of two Jewish men: a cantankerous, disoriented 86-year-old widower living in poverty in a New York City apartment, and a 25-year-old gay corporate executive. Brought together by court order after the younger man drives into Mr. Green as he crosses the street, they have conflicts in lifestyle, values, and expectations"
    Premiered at the Berkshire Theatre Festival; Stockbridge, MA; June 20-July 6, 1996.
  66. What's a Mother to Do?
    Michael Zimmerman.
  67. When We Were Very Young:
    A Walking Tour of Radical Jewish Women on the Lower East Side

    1982. Sarah Schulman; Susan Young.
    Historical drama. "A play about socially and politically important women." New York: WOW Café, 1982.
  68. Whining and Dining
    1984. Sarah Schulman; Robin Epstein.
    Comedy. "About God and the Devil in the Catskills." New York: More Fire! Productions, 1984.

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