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Magda and Josef - Short Play, Drama

Magda and Josef

David F. Eliet, Yaffa Eliach

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Short Play, Drama

3m, 6f

ISBN: 9780874401134

Adapted by David F. Eliet from Yaffa Eliach's Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust
Based on certain episodes in the lives of Mária Magdaléna Bednarová and Ján Flimel, this is the true story of a woman who risked her life to save the life of one Jewish man.

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$8.95
: Spirit of Life and Magda and Josef, The

Minimum Fee: $45 per performance


Description

Short Play

Drama

Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic

30 minutes

Time Period - 1940s / WWII

Settings Of Play - The play takes place in multiple settings in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia and in Budapest, Hungary. The play is best done with a few simple set pieces that can easily be rearranged to suggest different locales. In the original production only folding chairs and a small table, plus necessary props were employed. Costumes should have an early 1940's feel but don't need to be historically accurate. 

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Period Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TAGS

Love, War

TARGET AUDIENCE

Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre

Magda and Josef is the true story of a young woman who risked her life and do the right thing when so many others were turning their backs and pretending not to see what is going on around them. Set during the time of The Holocaust, Magda, a young non-Jewish woman, undertakes a perilous journey to secure a document that will help to save the life of the Jewish man she loves. Her story is the answer to anyone who has ever asked: “What could I have done, I was just an ordinary person?”

Magda and Joseph premiered at The Cleveland Play House in a production by the Cleveland Play House/Ohio University Lab Company.  The production was under the direction of the playwright, David Eliet.


Characters

CASTING

3m, 6f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

The original production was done with 6 actors - 3 men and 3 women. There is flexibility in terms of age in the casting.

MAGDA - 18; falls in love with Joseph, a Jewish man; ends up risking her life to save his.
JOSEF - 27; a rich Jewish industrialist.
NARRATOR/INQUISITORS 1 and 2 - They guide the development of the play and provide historical context.
WOMAN ON THE TRAIN - elderly grandmother.
SECOND WOMAN ON THE TRAIN
SOLDIER - on leave from the front.
GOVERNMENT MAN
BUSINESS MAN
MAGDA'S MOTHER
CASHIER
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

Author(s)
David F. Eliet

David F. Eliet

David F. Eliet is a professional playwright, director, and theatre educator. He was the founding artistic director of The Perishable Theatre, director of the Cleveland Play House Lab Company and the Circle In The Square Suitcase Theatre and Acting Ensemble. He was the a co-founder of The Trinity Rep Conservatory and was the 2007 Rhode Island State Council on The Arts Playwriting Fellow. As a ... view full profile

Yaffa Eliach

Yaffa Eliach

Yaffa Eliach is a pioneering scholar in Holocaust studies. She is Professor Emerita from Brooklyn College and is currently teaching across the United States as a visiting Professor. She opened the first Center for Holocaust Studies Documentation & Research in the USA and introduced Holocaust Studies on the American campus. She is the creator of the exhibit the Tower of Life at the United ... view full profile

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