In March and April 2014, the Seattle Jewish Theater Company brings the Seattle premiere of “From Door to Door” to seven venues in the Seattle area. Written by award-winning playwright James Sherman and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass, “From Door to Door” is a warm, bittersweet comedy tribute to three generations of Jewish women. The play tells a universal tale of family secrets, lies and surprises.
A trio of talented local actresses plays the three women over the course of sixty-four years. Carolyn Cox, who recently appeared in the feature film “Switchmas” with Eliott Gould, plays grandmother Bessie who came to America fleeing pogroms in Europe. Alice Bridgforth, who appeared in “The Off Hours” directed by Megan Griffiths, plays Bessie’s daughter Mary, a first generation American, and Sara Schweid,, who has appeared with many local theater companies, plays Mary’s daughter Deborah.
A Heartwarming Comedy
Through portraying the humorous, loving and demanding interactions between mothers daughters and granddaughter, the play looks at what it means to be raised Jewish, and what it means to love those closest to, and most like, ourselves.
As life progresses from childhood to matrimony to motherhood, we see how each successive generation of women lives up to the expectations of the past and makes choices about the future. At the end of the play, the three women stand as links in a chain made of faith, love, and understanding.
This year the SJTC has also invited local groups, including Hadassah, NCJW and ORT, to organize theater outings to see the play. The production runs 90 minutes and will be followed by an audience discussion with the director and cast.
“A bittersweet comedy about the blessings and compromises that three generations of women encounter in their pursuit of love, faith and marriage.” – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Because Sherman has all the details right, they hit home hard, and they touch us with their gentle, tried and true sentiment.” – Chicago Tribune
“Sherman’s women are Jews, but their trial and trails are universal.” – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“From Door to Door” Performance Schedule
Contact the venue for reservations.
Wednesday, March 5, 1:30 p.m., SJCC, Mercer Island, preview at the Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
Sunday, March 30, 2:00 p.m. Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, Seward Park, 206-722-5500
Sunday, April 6, 2:00 p.m., Seattle Public Library, North East Branch, preview, reservations not required.
Monday, April 7, 7:00 p.m., Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State, LDS Factoria Building, Bellevue, www.jgsws.org