for Seattle Premiere in Spring 2016 of
Written by Sylvia Regan Directed by Art Feinglass
Morning Star follows a family of Jewish immigrants in New York City, from 1910 to 1931. Their struggles epitomize the immigrant experience as they encounter the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, World War I, the Great Depression, and the labor movement. A critical and commercial success when it premiered on Broadway in1940, the play has become a classic, revived with successful runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires.
“Wry, funny and often times heart-breaking, Morning Star is a beautiful piece of theater.” Chicago Sun-Times
Auditions will be held in the north end, at Temple Beth Am on December 1 and 8, 6:00-9:00 p.m. and at Congregation Beth Shalom on December 2 and 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m. Contact SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass at SeattleJewishTheaterCompany@gmail.com to schedule an audition. Additional times can be arranged. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
Rehearsals will be held evenings and Sundays January-March. Performances are scheduled at venues throughout the Seattle area, primarily on weekends, March thru mid-April.
The play features a cast of 8 men and 5 women. Note, some of the characters age 21 years in the course of the play.
Becky Feldeman, female, mother of four, 30’s – 50’s
Fanny Felderman, female, singer, lively personality, 20’s – 30’s
Irving Tishman, male, breezy personality, piano man, 20’s – 40’s
Sadie Felderman, female, sharp businesswoman, 20’s – 40’s
Aaron Greenspan, male, garment worker and factory owner, 30’s – 50’s.
Harry Engel, male, teacher, scholarly, 20’s – 40’s
Myron Engel, male, Harry’s father, dignified, 40’s – 50’s
Esther Felderman, female, teens – 20’s
Hymie Felderman, male, serious, teens – 20’s
Hymie Tashman male, 13, cute, spoiled kid, teens – 20’s
Benjamin Brownstein, male, committed revolutionary, 30’s – 40’s
Helen, female, the maid, 40’s – 50’s
Saturday night, March 12, Temple Beth Am, onstage at University Prep, Wedgwood
Sunday afternoon, March 27, Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch
Sunday afternoon, April 3. Temple B’nai Torah, Bellevue
Sunday afternoon, April 10, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, Seward Park
Thursday evening, April 14, on stage at the SJCC, Mercer Island
Sunday afternoon, April 17, The Shalom Club at Trilogy, Redmond
Stay tuned for updates as the production goes through the casting, rehearsal and performance process. It’s going to be a great show.
From Door to Door
On August 9, 2016, SJTC will reprise its well-received performance of James Sherman’s From Door to Door for the annual conference of the International Jewish Genealogical Society attended by some 800 people at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.
The Seattle Jewish Theater Company
The mission of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company, now in its sixth year, is to bring classic and contemporary Jewish theater to Seattle.
The SJTC typically presents two shows a year, one in the fall and one in the spring performing for over 1,400 people annually. Previous spring plays include From Door to Door, Crossing Delancey, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and The Last Seder. Fall productions have included The World of Sholom Aleichem and the classic Yiddish play Mirele Efros for the University of Washington. In September 2014 SJTC entertained 350 people at the Washington State Jewish Historical Society’s gala at the Museum of History and Industry, in a program entitled Shalom, Open for Business, in which SJTC actors portrayed Jewish merchants in Seattle in the early years of the twentieth century.