Dividends

by  Gary Richards

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  2m, 1f

"Although Gary Richards' "Dividends" is about a specific Jewish family in New York, this heartwarming drama raises universal issues of inter-generational communication, ancestral legacies and family obligations. These large themes intersect in a story...that is told at human scale. It involves no spectacle or theatrical wowing, just a steady probing of the heart." - Variety

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

How well does any grandson know his grandfather? Dividends explores the generation gap between a struggling young artist and his Jewish grandfather. Neal, the grandson, finds himself forced to look after his 83-year-old grandfather after he falls ill. While caring for him, Neal learns a great deal about his grandfather's life, including the fact that he never had a bar mitzvah. When Neal decides to give his father the bar mitzvah he never had, the grandfather's wife of fifty-nine years hovers over both as only a Jewish grandmother could.

Dividends is a warm and tender play about traditions, caring, change and love.

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Reviews

"Although Gary Richards' "Dividends" is about a specific Jewish family in New York, this heartwarming drama raises universal issues of inter-generational communication, ancestral legacies and family obligations. These large themes intersect in a story...that is told at human scale. It involves no spectacle or theatrical wowing, just a steady probing of the heart." - Variety

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre
  • Dinner Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting:

    A hospital room and other various locations.

  • 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)

Casting

2m, 1f

BERNIE - the grandfather.
BESSIE - the grandmother.
NEAL - the grandson.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Authors

Gary Richards

Gary Richards is a director, actor, producer, and teacher as well as a writer. His plays include The Root (five Drama-Logue Awards, four Carbonell nominations), Children at Play, Scrambled Eggs, Slambook, Social Studies, Dividends (with Fyvush Finkel and Reizl Bozyk), Stag, Shiva, Tropical Depression, Second Summer (Be ...

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Dividends was first produced at the Jewish Repertory Theatre, Ran Avni Artistic Director, Edwaard M. Cohen Associate Director, music by Elliot Finkel.

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