Biography, Period, Docudrama/Historic
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
No Special Cautions
Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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.