The Haggadah

by  Elizabeth Swados

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  10m, 7f, 3boy(s)

"Children should find delight in the puppets [...] is one of (Swados) happier efforts and worthy of becoming a public theatre institution." - New York Daily News

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m, 7f, 3boy(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Christmas/Holiday, Faith-based
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

This “Passover oratorio” by the composer of Runaways is a disarmingly simple account of the birth and life of Moses, and of the Exodus, done with masks and a clever use of puppetry. This unusual show was originally produced (and later revived) during Passover at Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival Public Theatre.
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"Children should find delight in the puppets [...] is one of (Swados) happier efforts and worthy of becoming a public theatre institution." - New York Daily News

Keywords

Religion

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Additional Features: Puppetry

Music

  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Casting

10m, 7f, 3boy(s)
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Cast Attributes

  • Cross gender casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

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Full Package

Piano/Conductor Score (with Celeste/Organ)
Flute/Clarinet
Violin(Percussion parts are improvisational)
20 Vocal Chorus Books

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Authors

Elizabeth Swados

Elizabeth Swados has composed, written, and directed over 30 theater pieces including The Trilogy, The Red Sneaks, Nightclub Cantata, Runaways, Alice in Concert, Doonesbury, Rap Master Ronnie,The Haggadah, Jewish Girlz, Jonah, Job, Esther, Jerusalem (with Yehudah Amichai), The 49 Years, and Missionaries. Her work has b ...

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The Haggadah premiered at the Public Theater in New York City in March 1980 under the direction of Elizabeth Swados.

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