The Goldman Project

by  Staci Swedeen

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 2f

"Introducing Naomi, a Romanian-born widow, as a lovably comic, more than a little stereotypical character...a smart decision on the part of Staci Swedeen" - The New York Times

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The Goldman Project

by  Staci Swedeen

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    1m, 2f

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It is 1994 and Naomi Goldman, recently widowed, is living in an apartment in upper Manhattan. Her son Tony, separated from his wife, lives with her. When Tony's old college girlfriend Aviva contacts him with the ulterior motive of interviewing and videotaping his mother for a Holocaust memorial project, Tony is appalled. Naomi, reluctant at first, eventually agrees to the interview. Though appearing to be forthright in her story Naomi clearly is hiding a devastating secret. When Aviva pushes her to admit the truth the consequences are life-changing. The Goldman Project is a play about family relations, the lingering legacy of the Holocaust and the catharsis of self-renewal.
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"Introducing Naomi, a Romanian-born widow, as a lovably comic, more than a little stereotypical character...a smart decision on the part of Staci Swedeen" - The New York Times

"Swedeen has an ear for dialogue, even the passages in Yiddish fit the moment nicely. (Don't worry: The Yiddish is instantly translated in the course of the conversation.)" - The Journal News

"This fine play is less about the past than about living with honesty in the present." - Times Herald-Record

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

Production

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  • Time Period: 1990s
  • Setting: Naomi's apartment near 186th St. in the Inwood section of upper Manhattan. 1994

Casting

1m, 2f
TONY MARKS - Naomi’s adult son, a singer. 
AVIVA LEVINE - Tony’s college girlfriend, an artist. 
NAOMI GOLDMAN - Mother of Tony, widow, survivor of Auschwitz. She speaks with a pronounced Rumanian (Hungarian) accent. Well dressed, wears a wig.
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Staci Swedeen

Staci Swedeen is the recipient of a Arts and Letters Award in Drama and a NYSCA Grant for New Plays. A Dramatist Guild Fellow alum and core Lark Theatre member, Ms. Swedeen is currently the Executive Producer of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, TN. Her play

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The Goldman Project premiered at the Penguin Repertory Company in New York City in October 2006 under the direction of Joe Bracanto.

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