Staged Reading of a New Play
Rabbi Laurie Katz Braun, playwright
Thursday, May 6th 7:00 pm
Admission is Free. No registration is required.
Photo ID required for entrance.
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th street (Between Broadway and Mercer)
New York City
"If sound judgment sits well on gray hair, and wise advice comes well
from older men," then why is it so difficult for young people to agree
"long experience is the old man's crown" (Wisdom of Ben Sira, chapter
25, vv. 5-6). Join playwright Rabbi Laurie Katz Braun and her company, Theater
8, on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 pm when they present her new play, Eighty-Three
Years, which explores the intergenerational relationships of a Jewish family,
particularly the relationship between a young woman and her aging grandmother.
The play centers on two characters, Sarah the granddaughter, and Evelyn the
grandmother, at vastly different points of the human life cycle, who struggle
to imbue their lives with meaning. The play examines such fundamental human
issues as mortality and immortality, naming, aging, pain, and joy. It is a contemporary
family drama that pursues timeless themes with both seriousness and humor. Ultimately,
through the lens of one Jewish family's story, Eighty-Three Years is about the
struggle to respect the voices of other generations while simultaneously seeking
to discover our own.
Laurie Katz Braun is a playwright, novelist and rabbinical teacher. She is
the founder of Theater 8, the New York City Jewish theatre company in residence
at The Actor's Temple. She has worked in theater and film in Philadelphia, Jerusalem,
Los Angeles and New York. While at the University of Pennsylvania, she studied
with writer Chaim Potok and playwright Romulus Linney. She received her rabbinic
ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and for three
years served as rabbi at Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, New York.
This program is offered in conjunction with the exhibition The Art of Aging,
on view through June 25, 2004 at HUC-JIR Museum. Aging is a process that begins
with birth-it is a lifelong journey affecting the dynamics of human relationships,
creativity, memory, continuity, and growth. Jewish text sources are full of
references to values affecting the dynamics of human relationships, creativity,
memory, continuity, and growth. Jewish text sources are full of references to
values intrinsic to the aging process, from the respect attendant to one's elders,
honor for one's parents, forty as the age of understanding, fifty as the age
of counsel, the celebration of wisdom at age sixty, the celebration of strength
at the age of eighty, and intergenerational and familial responsibilities. Through
painting, sculpture, photography, installation, mixed media, and video, contemporary
artists from Israel and North America reflect on the diverse aspects of aging,
including creativity and vitality, memory, anxiety, wisdom, physical change,
loss, intergenerational interaction, responsibility, and optimism.
For further information, please call Amy Lehr at 212-824-2293 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.