The Jewish Wife & The Duck Variations

archives_wife_ducksThe Jewish Wife
By Bertolt Brecht
February 9 – March 4, 2012

Frankfurt, 1935. Judith Keith, the Jewish wife of a consultant doctor, is packing. As she phones friends and relatives to tell them of her imminent departure it becomes apparent that she is fleeing Germany in the face of Nazi prejudice; to save her husband, Fritz, embarrassment and probable loss of position. She rehearses a frank confrontation with Fritz but when he returns, they lapse into the clichés that both know are lies: “You could do with a change of air … It’s only a couple of weeks.”

Directed by: Saul Elkin
Starring: Megan Callahan & Tim Newell

 

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The Duck Variations
By David Alan Mamet
February 9 – March 4, 2012

The play depicts a discussion taking place between two elderly men sitting on a park bench watching ducks. The dialogue begins with the mating habits of ducks and runs to examine law, friendship and death. The principal irony is that the men really know nothing about ducks. If they did, it would not improve their beautiful fugue on the theme of the possibility of happiness. Rather they use what experience has taught them and scattered, possibly incorrect ideas and  facts to make guesses. They each assure the other that their guesses are established fact. By argument and occasional agreement a composite view of ducks and by extension, the world, begins to emerge.

Directed by: Peter Palmisano
Starring:  Saul Elkin & Tim Newell

 

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