Golda

by  William Gibson

Full Length Play, Drama  /  7m, 3f, 2boy(s)

"Goldadraws upon the valor, eloquence and growing humor of a very large figure of our times." - The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 3f, 2boy(s)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Biography, Period
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

Golda is a dramatization of the extraordinary life of Golda Meir, a remarkable woman and former prime minister of Israel. The play focuses on Mrs. Meir during the ten days of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, which began disastrously for Israel and ended with partial, inconclusive victory. The war scenes alternate with the key moments in her life: her pogrom-threatened childhood in Russia; growing up in Milwaukee; her marriage to the gentle, introverted Morris Meyerson; their emigration to Palestine; the heightened hope presented by the dream of a Jewish homeland and the struggle to make that dream a reality; and her loving but wrenching conflict with her husband (and her own guilt) over the political career that interfered with her life as a wife and mother.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Golda draws upon the valor, eloquence and growing humor of a very large figure of our times." - The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1970s, 1900-1910, 1960s, 1950s, 1940s / WWII, 1930s, 1920s, 1910s / WWI
  • Setting: Several locations throughout the life of Golda Meir.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

7m, 3f, 2boy(s)
1ST WITNESS - plays also Abdullah, Ben-Gurion, TV interviewer, Religious Minister, Displaced Person (DP)
GOLDA
1ST ACTOR - plays Morris, 5th Witness, DP
2ND ACTOR - plays TV assistant, 6th Witness, DP
3RD ACTOR - plays Arab, father, 4th Witness, British commandant, DP, cabinet minister
4TH ACTOR - plays bodyguard, chairman, DP, 7th Witness, cabinet minister
5TH ACTOR - also 2nd Witness, Arab, Menachem, DP, cabinet minister
LOU - plays Clara middle-aged, DP
SMALL GIRL - plays Sarile as child, DP
SISTER - plays young girl, Clara teen-aged, American girl, DP
MOTHER - plays 3rd Witness, Sarile middle-aged, DP
BOY - plays DP
YOUNGER BOY - plays DP
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Cast Attributes

  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

William Gibson

William Gibson

Golda made its Broadway premiere at the Morosco Theatre in November 1977 under the direction of Arthur Penn.

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