Full Length Play
120 minutes (2 hours)
Time Period - 1980s
Settings Of Play - A New York City apartment in 1985, and the German cemetery, Bitberg.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Senior, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
Arje Shaw blends history and family politics in his Broadway dramedy, set in 1985. The Gathering explores the conflicts between grandfather, father, and son which arise over the dinner table when they discuss President Ronald Reagan's planned visit to Bitberg, site of burial grounds for Nazi soldiers. The stakes are high in the discussion because the grandfather (Hal Linden) is a Holocaust survivor and his son is a speechwriter for Reagan. Caught between them is the young lad, who is preparing for his bar mitvah. With a multi-generational cast, The Gathering asks poignant questions about understanding and forgivness in the face of tragedy.
"'The Gathering'...is an affecting sermon. The issue is forgiveness, the lesson is that the endless harboring of anger and resentment -- even over the egregious cruelties of the Holocaust -- is a soul-warping endeavor, and the message is that, for their own good as well as the world's, it is time for Jewish survivors to let go of their vengefulness and allow the healing to begin...as a playwright, Mr. Shaw makes a pretty good rabbi." - New York Times
"Though many in the audience will see themselves and their family in this play, and there are a number of laughs showing how all families at times function in similar ways,...The Gathering can be a difficult and uncomfortable theatrical experience. But, it can also be a rewarding one." - Talkin' Broadway
"[The Gathering has a] good conflict, with intellectual and emotional elements that are worth exploring. So, let the drama play out." - TheatreMania
The Gathering premiered on Broadway at The Court Theatre in 2001, under the direction of Rebecca Taylor.