Full Length Play
Time Period - 1930s
Settings Of Play - Two rooms on the top floor of a four-story building in the lower east side of Manhattan. In the year 1930.
FEATURES / CONTAINS
Interior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set
Mild Adult Themes
Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)
College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Lillian Yuralia, a powerful and reflective three character play, is set in New York City 1930. Lillian, a former star of the Yiddish Theater (or so she says) has lived for many years with her lover Jake in a 5 room flat on the top floor of a brownstone on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Across the hall, Levy, a refugee from the Russian Pale, lives in a room alone and isolated. All of his family lost in a pogrom, he has shut himself off from the world. When the play begins, Lillian stands in her empty front room. With the sudden death of Jake, who has failed to make any provision for them, she now finds herself and their teenage son, Yidl, destitute. Obliged to live off the charity of distant relatives, they are about to leave the only home they've known. Church bells begin to ring the hour. Desperately playing for time she makes tea for her son, and in her cup, she pours an overdose of laudanum. Soon Yidl will begin a frantic pounding on Levy's door. A door he has never opened to anyone.
"Healing hearts... A fragile woman and her teenage son... an elderly man... will be transformed as they join hands and hearts... to a shaky place beyond self-pity." - The New York Times
"Searing, intimate, and quiet, Lillian Yuralia packs an unexpected emotional wallop... in... this spare, deft, touching drama." - nytheatre.com
"Lillian Yuralia... a character-driven play written by Barbara Eda-Young... blows the dust off the surface of a man's life to reveal all the untold stories and quietly dying memories that lie underneath. The play's climactic end comes suddenly and unexpectedly... a simple gesture, but enough to alter life's course and leave the audience with some hope for the characters' futures. Like Lillian Yuralia, this gesture is unassuming and straightforward in its execution but deeply significant and heartrending in the purity of its meaning." - OffOffOnline.com
Lillian Yuralia premiered at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City on November 13, 2008. It was directed by Austin Pendleton.