Full Length Play
Time Period - 1940s / WWII, 1930s
Settings Of Play -
The action takes place in the back rooms of LADY O'RILEY'S Pub and ROSE'S FLEISHMAN'S Delicatessen and the alley that separates them.
ROSE'S kitchen contains a work table and chairs as well as a small table with a music box on it.
LADY'S contains a bar, telephone, table, stools.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Unit Set/Multiple Settings, Bare Stage/Simple Set
No Special Cautions
Adolescence, Christianity, Friendship, Jewish/Yiddish issues, Memory, Parenting/Family, Politics, Religion, War, Women's Issues, Immigration
Adult, Senior, Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Senior Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups, Church / Religious Groups
RECOGNITION / AWARDS
NEA Big Read Selection
Set in 1938 Chicago, Rose Colored Glass, takes place in the back rooms of Lady O'Riley's and Rose Fleishman's delicatessen. Their disparate worlds, separated by much more than the alley between their kitchens, are about to collide. Peg O'Riley,the 13-year-old granddaughter of Lady, has grown determined that these two mistrustful widows will become friends, but it is not until they become involved in the same cause that their friendship has a chance to bloom.
In a series of stunning flashbacks, Peg now older, remembers the moving story of how lady and Rose formed a united front to fight American apathy in an attempt to bring Rose's nephew out of Europe before the war. Rose Colored Glassis a unique work - it shows the beginning of the holocaust from our side of the ocean and how two remarkable women struggle not only with American apathy, but also with immigration laws and bureaucracy, in addition to their own prejudices...all in the name of one boy's safe passage from Europe to America.
“…highly dramatic tale of friendship and salvation.Rose Colored Glass operates on a high level of dramatic tension throughout.” - Backstage New York
"The play becomes a joyful demonstration of the timeless ability of women to set all else aside when a child is at stake. Nothing else much matters once you simply ask yourself, "What if it were you?" And while you might think the outcome is telegraphed from the start, it's not...the play builds to a surprisingly complex emotional end." - Denver Post
"This show is a gift! It shows us what can happen when we set our aspirations above anger and prejudice...Two misunderstood women come together to find an ultimate bond of love. This is one of the most beautiful stories I have ever read..." - Rick Bernstein, Producer
"Refreshing, eye opening experience…has done what few playwrights have been able to do with respect to the Holocaust: bring it home, literally…tragic and humorous...touching...resonates with challenges we face in the world in which we live today." – The Times Standard
Check out these photos from GalCo Productions' production of Rose Colored Glass in May 2007.
Rose Colored Glass premiered in Eureka, CA at Plays-in-Progress. It was followed by its Off Broadway Premiere in New York City in 2007 at Theatre 54 in Times Square and was produced by GalGo Productions in conjuction with Shetler Studios. It received its European premiere in Prague, Czech Republic in 2013 where it is still running.