Yahrzeit

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Scirocco Drama, 2005 - Drama - 80 pages
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Meyer Jacobs wants grandchildren, but God has conspired against him. Meyer has had a stroke and lost the use of one hand, so the entire world must suffer with him, including his pro–Palestinian son, his Serbian caregiver, and his absent, lesbian daughter. Entrenched in his opinions, Meyer knows how everything should be regardless of what everyone else thinks. Beset by guilt, however, he lights Yahrzeit candles in memory of his late wife and is secretly sending money to Israel to plant a forest for her. Meanwhile, his son's marriage is collapsing, his caregiver is giving him tsuris, his missing daughter shows up with only a bus ticket, and a boy scout is on the loose in his building. Sooner or later, something's going to crack and when it does, Meyer will find that life has a few surprises left in store. Alex Poch–Goldin's moving, funny, and brilliant play explores conflict in the family against a backdrop of global conflict. With peace as the ultimate destination, there's a long journey to get there.

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About the author (2005)

Alex Poch-Goldin was born in Montreal and now lives in Toronto as a writer and actor. His play "This Hotel" was nominated for a Dora Award for Best New Play and was published by Scirocco Drama in 2002. The play was translated into French by Manon St. Jules, produced by Theatre la Catapulte and won the Le Droit-Radio Canada prize for best French language production in Ottawa. "Yahrzeit" (Scirocco, 2005) won the 2002 Toronto Jewish Playwriting Award, has been translated into German, and will tour Germany, Austria, and Switzerland in 2008. His play "Jim and Shorty" played at the Factory Theatre in Toronto and was later filmed for Bravo Television. His radio drama, "The Death of Simon Pinchuk", was produced by CBC Radio and broadcast nationally. Poch-Goldin has also written libretti for two operas, "The Shadow" and "Lisa", composed by Omar Daniel. He is currently developing "Internazionale" for Canstage and "The Right Road to Pontypool" for 4th Line Theatre in Peterborough.

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