Full Length Play
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
Interior Set, Exterior Set
Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes
No Special Cautions
Aging, Death, Friendship, Jewish/Yiddish issues, Love, Marriage
Appropriate for all audiences, Adult, Senior
Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
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.
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.