In the Cemetery

by  Anton Chekhov, Michael Hardstark

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  3m

"The combination of silly comedy and deep pathos is quite astonishing." - New York Daily News
Set in a Jewish cemetery, this poignant and funny play is about a harried young businessman who has hired a rabbi to say prayers over his father's grave.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

Set in a Jewish cemetery, this poignant and funny play is about a harried young businessman who has hired a rabbi to say prayers over his father's grave. They meet an out of work actor who is paying his respects at the grave of a Yiddish theatre star. The actor thinks of the star as a father figure, but he blames him for the failure of his career. The businessman also has unresolved resentments. Together, they come to terms with their hostilities. Published with The Cure in The Last Laugh.

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Reviews

"The combination of silly comedy and deep pathos is quite astonishing." - New York Daily News

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Late afternoon. A cemetery somewhere in Queens, NY.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

3m
PERRY SHURR - a young man in his mid-30s
REB SCHULLER - an old man in his 70s
THE ACTOR - a man in his mid-40s
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Authors

Anton Chekhov

Anton Chekhov (29 January 1860– 15 July 1904) was a Russian playwright and short story writer, who is considered to be one of the greatest writers of short fiction in history. His career as a playwright produced four classics and his best short stories are held in high esteem. Chekhov practiced as a medical doctor thro ...

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Michael Hardstark

Michael Hardstark's plays have had numerous productions and readings in theatres throughout the country, including the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the Arizona Jewish Repertory Theatre, the Greenway Court Theatre in Los Angeles, with Alfred Molina and Harold Gould, the Prescott Arts Center, Prescott, Arizona and ...

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In the Cemetery was presented by the Jewish Repertory Theatre in New York City in June 13, 1992. It was directed by Lou Jacob.

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