Kosher Lutherans

by  William Missouri Downs

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  2m, 3f

"Kosher Lutherans is quite sharp and surprisingly funny" – Toronto Mirror
“A delightful comedy with message and heart.” – Louisville Courier Journal

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Kosher Lutherans centers on Hanna and Franklyn, the seemingly perfect couple who desperately want to have a child of their own, but are unable to do so. As the couple begins to wonder if they'll ever become parents, they have a chance encounter with a God-fearing pregnant girl from Iowa who offers to let the couple adopt her out-of-wedlock baby.

Just before the adoption papers are signed, Hanna and Franklyn discover the girl is unaware that they are Jewish. Knowing the revelation could throw a ratchet into the whole works, the couple poses as Lutherans to appeal to the girl's apparent Midwestern sensibilities. But how far are they willing to go to have a family?
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Reviews

"Kosher Lutherans is quite sharp and surprisingly funny" – Toronto Mirror

“A delightful comedy with message and heart.” – Louisville Courier Journal

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Van Nuys, California. Franklyn & Hannah’s Living Room - Behind, A Dining Room Table. The events of the play take place as follows: Act One - Purim, Act Two, Scene One - The First Night of Hanukah, Act Two, Scene Two – A Month Later.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

2m, 3f
FRANKLYN - late 30s; A Perfect Husband.
HANNAH - late 30s; A Perfect Wife.
BEN - late 30s; An Imperfect Husband.
MARTHA - late 30s; An Imperfect Wife.
ALISON - An eighteen-year-old girl from Iowa.
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Features Teens

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Authors

William Missouri Downs

www.williammissouridowns.com/   William Missouri Downs has won two Rolling Premieres from the National New Play Network (The Exit Interview and Women Playing Hamlet). He has also won numerous playwriting awards, twice been a finalist at the ...

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