Lillian Yuralia

by  Barbara Eda-Young

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f, 1boy(s)

"Healing hearts... A fragile woman and her teenage son... an elderly man... will be transformed as they join hands and hearts... to a shaky place beyond self-pity." - The New York Times
New York City, 1930. Lillian, a former star of the Yiddish Theater (or so she says) has lived for many years with her lover Jake in a 5 room flat on the top floor of a brownstone on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Across the hall, Levy, a refugee from the Russian Pale, lives in a room alone and isolated. When the play begins, Lillian stands in her empty front room. With the sudden death of Jake, who has failed to make any provision for them, she now finds herself and their teenage son, Yidl, destitute.

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Lillian Yuralia

by  Barbara Eda-Young

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f, 1boy(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    90 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Lillian Yuralia, a powerful and reflective three character play, is set in New York City 1930. Lillian, a former star of the Yiddish Theater (or so she says) has lived for many years with her lover Jake in a 5 room flat on the top floor of a brownstone on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Across the hall, Levy, a refugee from the Russian Pale, lives in a room alone and isolated. All of his family lost in a pogrom, he has shut himself off from the world. When the play begins, Lillian stands in her empty front room. With the sudden death of Jake, who has failed to make any provision for them, she now finds herself and their teenage son, Yidl, destitute. Obliged to live off the charity of distant relatives, they are about to leave the only home they've known. Church bells begin to ring the hour. Desperately playing for time she makes tea for her son, and in her cup, she pours an overdose of laudanum. Soon Yidl will begin a frantic pounding on Levy's door. A door he has never opened to anyone.
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Reviews

"Healing hearts... A fragile woman and her teenage son... an elderly man... will be transformed as they join hands and hearts... to a shaky place beyond self-pity." - The New York Times

"Searing, intimate, and quiet, Lillian Yuralia packs an unexpected emotional wallop... in... this spare, deft, touching drama." - nytheatre.com

"Lillian Yuralia... a character-driven play written by Barbara Eda-Young... blows the dust off the surface of a man's life to reveal all the untold stories and quietly dying memories that lie underneath. The play's climactic end comes suddenly and unexpectedly... a simple gesture, but enough to alter life's course and leave the audience with some hope for the characters' futures. Like Lillian Yuralia, this gesture is unassuming and straightforward in its execution but deeply significant and heartrending in the purity of its meaning." - OffOffOnline.com

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Setting: Two rooms on the top floor of a four-story building in the lower east side of Manhattan. In the year 1930.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Music

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

Casting

1m, 1f, 1boy(s)
LILLIAN - a former performer in the Yiddish Theater, late thirties to late forties
YIDL - her son, a teenager but mature for his age
LEVY - their neighbor, a solitary man from the Pale of Russia, mid-fifties to late sixties
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Cast Attributes

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Authors

Barbara Eda-Young

Barbara Eda-Young is an award-winning playwright and actor whose plays include The Hawk (co-author) produced at the Actors Playhouse New York City; Nobody, a runner up at the Humana Festival, Louisville, KY, and produced at the West Bank Theater in New York City; Chain Chain Angel ...

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Lillian Yuralia premiered at La MaMa E.T.C. in New York City on November 13, 2008. It was directed by Austin Pendleton.

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