Dorothy is available for bookings of “Rose.” Show runs 80 minutes and can be presented in any venue. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
ABOUT THE PLAY
From her early childhood in a Ukranian shtetl, Rose knew she “had a gift for languages.” Her restlessness and quick wit brought her to Warsaw at age eighteen, where she soon became fluent in Polish and married a tall, red-headed artist with an earring in one ear. Before two years had passed, her entire family, which by now included a little daughter, was packed off by the Nazis to the Warsaw ghetto. Rose, the sole survivor, soon found herself bound for the Holy Land on a ship called Exodus. In a charming scene, Rose is swept off her feet by an American sailor, destined to become her second husband. Instead of living out their lives in Israel, the couple settles in Atlantic City and later in Miami Beach, where this plucky lady masters the English language in a year and lives out her life in triumph. It is a life that includes not only Cossacks and Nazis, but a shiksa daughter-in-law, a gay grandson, a lot of sex, and a little marijuana thrown in for good measure.
ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT
Martin Sherman was born in Philadelphia, educated at Boston University, and has resided in London since 1980. An award-winning writer, he has seen his plays produced in more than 45 countries. He is perhaps best known for Bent, which deals with the treatment of homosexuals by the Nazis. Bent opened at the Royal Court in London, transferred to the West End then went on to Broadway where it starred Richard Gere, and won a Tony nomination for best play. Sherman’s latest screenplay, Mrs. Henderson Presents, starred Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins, directed by Stephen Frears. Mr. Sherman didn’t have to reach very far for certain details of Rose’s journey. He grew up the only child in a household of European Jewish immigrants who spoke Yiddish and spent summers in Atlantic City. The character of Rose is a blend of both of his grandmothers.
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