Bema Productions is delighted to be
offering four performances of The Grandkid by John Lazarus at Congregation
Emanu-El Synagogue, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria—directed by Zelda Dean and
starring Michael Armstrong and Amanda Wear
Julius Rothstein and his granddaughter Abby have loved each other from opposite ends of Canada since Abby was born. But now, accepted as a freshman student at the university where Julius teaches, Abby is moving in with him to be close to school and to keep her newly widowed grandfather company. The two must negotiate a new relationship as housemates and friends, which means dealing with issues of youth and age, work and play, activism and apathy, homework and heart attacks, and those three tricky topics: sex, politics and religion.
Tickets $20 each are available from Ivy’s Bookshop, Russell Books,
Synagogue Office and at the door.
Information: firstname.lastname@example.org or
250-544-1322. Performance dates and times:
Saturday, October 24 @7:30 pm
Sunday, October 25 @ 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 31 @7:30 pm
Sunday, November 1 @ 2:00 pm
Scenes from Best Meal You Ever Ate’s opening night. (Photos: Ethan Stoppi)
Warning: Attending This Performance May Cause Cravings For Fine Dining Director Zelda Dean writes:
“In an intimate venue, you will sit with the last two survivors of the ghetto. The story unfolds through an exquisite act of kindness as they are offered a gourmet meal. This is where philosophy faces food, where the intellect meets all the senses, and the sublime rubs up against the ridicu-licious. It’s entertaining, serious, funny and thought provoking. I am directing a stellar cast (see attached poster) and would appreciate you spreading the word through your own contact list.
Tickets are $11 each; they can be purchased through Ticket Rocket at 250-590-6291 or at the door, but we are only seating 65 per show so buy early.
Thursday, August 27 7:00 pm
Sunday, August 30 2:00 pm
Tuesday, September 1 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 3 7:00 pm
Sunday, September 6 2:00 pm
Avram, formerly an assistant professor at the university, and his wife Netti, are the last two Jews left alive in the ghetto fighting the Nazis, and they haven’t eaten in days. To their astonishment, a chef, Jean-Paul, makes his way to where they have hidden, bringing with him a wonderful meal, complete with wines. Jean-Paul explains that he applauds their courage, and has persuaded the German commander that they should be allowed one final, sublime meal before they are destroyed. But is it kosher? And…could that dish actually be ham?
This is a well-crafted play of depth and heart with irresistible characters written by Bruce J. Bloom and has earned raves from New York to New Zealand.