- 5 males (50s (1), 80s-90s (2), 20s-30s (2))
- 3 females (50s (1), 70s (1), 20s-30s (1))
- 3 Acts, 2 hours, 30 minutes
- A family rediscovers
its cultural identity in this alternately hysterical and haunting treatment
of the ties that bind generations of assimilated American Jews. The play follows a dying grandfather wrestling his agnostic beliefs
against his survival guilt; his married daughter and son-in-law from
synagogue Board politics to inclusion in a search for a minyan
(ten men needed for group prayer) in a Yugoslavian town with a dying
and minute Jewish population; one grandson from inter-religious marriage
to an examination of the "Jewishness" of his dispositions toward others;
the other grandson from college life to a revelation of his sexuality.
The family is accompanied on their journey by a "campy" nursing home
volunteer who does not let AIDS stand in the way of his humor-filled
insights into the meaning of hatred and human passions, and by a former
European movie star/diva who attempts to atone for her ancestors' misdeeds.
In the end, R'fua is a rewarding story of hope and for better
treatment and mutual respect among all peoples.
- Scheduled Off-Broadway 2007-08 - Do Gooder Productions
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