Eric Abraham and the Fugard Theatre today announced the cast for the upcoming South African premiere of Joshua Harmon’s blisteringly funny and thought provoking Bad Jews, which has enjoyed extended runs, played to sold out houses and received rave reviews in London’s West End this year.
Earlier this year the production garnered a five star review from the Jewish Chronicle (UK).
“There is something particularly remarkable about the way Harmon explores how post-Holocaust Jewish generations live with the legacy of the Shoah (Holocaust). Remarkable, because whereas most dramatists would address that territory with sombre respect, Harmon does it with irreverent wit.” John Nathan – The Jewish Chronicle (UK), January 2015.
This Fugard Theatre production features Lara Lipschitz (Cabaret, Jersey Boys) who returns to the Fugard Theatre in Bad Jews as Daphna, a devout Jew, who is unbending and religiously opinionated. Opposite Lara is Glen Biderman-Pam (Somewhere on the Border, The Epicene Butcher) who plays Liam, Daphna’s secular cousin. Oliver Booth (Skews Me, Life with Oli Booth, CHAMP) plays Jonah, Liam’s younger brother and Ashley de Lange (X+Y, Gly) plays Melody, Liam’s new non-Jewish girlfriend.
After the death of their grandfather, Poppy, a family heirloom propels cousins Daphna and Liam into a domestic battle of honour, faith and heritage. The devoutly Jewish Daphna is at odds with her secular cousin Liam, an entitled young man detached from his cultural traditions. Caught in the middle are Jonah, Liam’s younger brother, and Liam's non-Jewish girlfriend Melody, who just wants everyone to get along. When the group is forced to spend the night in close quarters, hilarity and mayhem ensues.
Greg Karvellas (CHAMP, The Frontiersmen) directs this South African premiere. The set and costume designs are by Saul Radomsky (The Shadow of the Hummingbird, Orpheus in Africa).
The Fugard Theatre’s production of Bad Jews opens on 27 October 2015.
Tickets range from R130.00 – R150.00 via the Fugard Theatre box office on 021 461 4554 and Computicket.