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Cemetery Club, The - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Cemetery Club, The

Ivan Menchell

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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

1m, 4f

ISBN: 9780573692048

"Funny, sweet tempered, moving." - Boston Globe
Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves.

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Description

Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

Romantic Comedy

120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - Contemporary

Settings Of Play - Mid-Autumn, the present. The living room of Ida's house and a cemetery in Forest Hills, Queens.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Physical Comedy

Interior Set, Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband's graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife's grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida's heart.

The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille. It was made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, Olympia Dukkakis.

"Funny, sweet tempered, moving." - Boston Globe

"Very touching and humorous. An evening of pure pleasure that will make you glad you went to the theatre." -Washington Journal Newspapers

The Cemetery Club opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on May 12, 1990. This production was originally presented by Howard Hurst, Philip Rose, Sophie Hurst, and David Brown at the Kennedy Center for the Perfroming Arts in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1990. It was directed by Pamela Berlin.
Characters

CASTING

1m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

All characters are in their late fifties to early sixties.

IDA
LUCILLE
DORIS
SAM
MILDRED
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Ivan Menchell

Ivan Menchell

Ivan Menchell's Broadway credits include Bonnie & Clyde (book), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (additional material), and The Cemetery Club.  Off-Broadway/Tours include Smiling Through (book), The Prince & The Pauper (book), The Surprise Party.  For the screen, Mr. Menchell wrote an adaptation of his play, The Cemetery Club, starring Ellen Burstyn, Diane Ladd, and Olympia Dukakis; is co-writer of Samuel ... view full profile

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John DeMoss 1/15/2014 9:19 AM
kELLY JO MADOIAN 7/26/2013 12:26 PM
Excellent play, fun, sad, relevant.  

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