“Life imitates art as play about antisemitism faces wave of abuse”
Writer and producer of One Jewish Boy shocked by social media response – Read the full article here: The Observer – 09.12.18
A messed-up bittersweet tale of inherited trauma, the miracle of Chanukah, raging anti-semitism, the end of youth and staying in love…
WRITTEN BY STEPHEN LAUGHTON
DIRECTED BY SARAH MEADOWS
PRODUCED BY ED LITTLEWOOD
Jesse is paranoid and he’s frightened and it’s messing up his relationship, his job, his daughter and his life, but Jesse has every reason to be frightened. From his next door neighbour and the micro-aggressions around why she would vote for Corbyn but could never support Blair, to the dinner party where his slightly left of him liberal mates can’t quite grasp the difference between Likkudy foreign policy and the position of diaspora Jews. From his own wife and an argument about a hypothetical circumcision, to a vicious attack in the park that brought them together… Jesse is feeling the sting of rising prejudice in every part of his life.
Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head in a horrific way every 70-or so years, the last time it killed 9 million Jews, the time before that it resulted in their complete expulsion from eastern Europe – and with a 34% rise in violent assaults against Jewish people in the last year alone, Jesse can’t bear to think where we’ll end up this time.
Not with a 9-month-old daughter to protect.
Charting the kind of love affair that legends are born of, ONE JEWISH BOY explores key moments over a four-year relationship between a nice Jewish boy from North London and the nice not-so-Jewish woman he falls desperately in love with… With the shadow of hatred festering at its very core the play is a bittersweet comedy fuelled by anti-Semitism. Told out of chronology…Break-up. Proposal. Pregnancy. Moving in together. Birth. Post-breakup. Meeting, it focusses us squarely on those filthy, ugly words – dirty fucking Jew – that were actually kicked into him – asking if the fear of hatred, could be even worse than the hatred itself…
AGE GUIDANCE 14+
Running time: 80 minutes (approx.)
Other press on One Jewish Boy:
- Interview with Robert Neumark-Jones for Jewish Renaissance
- Just Snap Out Of It Podcast with Stephen Laughton
- Interview with Stephen Laughton for Homoculture
- British Theatre Announcement
- Jewish Chronicle Article on anti-Semitism
- Broadway World Announcement
Tuesday 11th December 2018 – Saturday 5th January 2019
Week one: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Sunday matinees 3.00pm
Week two: Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Wednesday & Sunday matinees 3.00pm
Week three: Thursday – Sunday 7.30pm, Friday – Sunday matinees 3.00pm
Week four: Wednesday – Saturday 7.30pm, Saturday matinee 3.00pm
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING ONE JEWISH BOY:
Friday 14th December: Gala Performance
Join us for an extra special opening night treat. We’ll follow the show with a special shabbat service, filled with music, contemplation and song. We’ll follow that with a special mingler with drinks and canapés. Dress code: Casual Festive Fancy.
The show will start at 19.30. The service at 21.00. Canapés at 21.30.
Thursday 20th December: Cast and Crew Q&A
Join writer Stephen Laughton in conversation with his marvellous cast and crew in a post-show discussion about the politics and themes of the play.
Saturday 5th December: A Vigil for Peace
Join us for a special closing night treat. We’ll follow the show with a short Havdallah service and selected readings of short plays that explore the conflict between Israel and Palestine. The evening with conclude with a recitation of kaddish, the Jewish memorial prayer for all those that have died.