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Lawndale Enterprises, Inc. Presents
Under the Direction of Relkin & Weintraub

JACOB BEN-AMI
AND THE JEWISH ART THEATRE COMPANY

in

"Out of the Beyond"

(Fun yener velt)

A drama in three acts by J.D. Berkovich.

Directed by Jacob Ben-Ami.

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS
 

Nathan Price
David Price, his brother
Mira, his wife
Gerchik, their son
Mrs. Fradkin, cook at the Price's
Willie, Chauffer at the Price's
Florence, a young divorcee

Jacob Ben-Ami
Lazar Freed
Bertha Gersten
Joseph Greenberg
Anna Appel
Mark Schweid
Anna Teitelbaum

 


Place: New York.           Time: Present.
Act one -- A winter day, about 3 p.m.
Act two -- at 9 p.m.
Act three -- about 12 p.m.

Joseph Greenberg, Stage Manager
 

SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY
 

Nathan and David Price have lived in this country for a number of years. They have prospered. The opening scene shows Nathan and Mrs. Fradkin, who has just been engaged as housekeeper, completing preparations for the reception of Mira and her son Gertchik (Gregory). Mira is the wife of David, a weakling and inconstant person. In conversation between Nathan and the old lady we learn that because of a series of misfortune, all communication between the brothers and their relatives back in Russia was cut off, and a rumor spread that Mira and her young son were drowned. After years, however, this proved untrue and now they were coming to this country. Nathan has prepared a gift, a beautiful fur coat, for Mira. It was he also who prepared the home. Florence, a lady with a past, comes. She has had an affair with David, which was supposed to have been adjusted, but the girl denies this and takes the new coat in spite of Nathan's protest.

The guests arrive. Mira is still charming, and the boy is grown up. It appears that Nathan was also in love with Mira and withdrew in favor of his brother. The great love, however, that he felt for Mira still persists. Florence returns and in order to save Mira the painful knowledge of her relation with David, Nathan pretends that she is his affianced.

At first Florence seems inclined to agree to this deception, but she reverses herself and insists that David is her affianced, in face they have been living as husband and wife. In spite of Nathan's efforts to keep Florence from revealing the true state of affairs, the truth is finally revealed. Mira then confesses to an affair with a Russian officer. David, who in the first flush of a renewed affection for his long missing wife, showers affectionate endearments on Mira, now denounces her in the bitterest terms. He is a weakling, however, and he soon grovels in the dust begging forgiveness. Mira calls her son and tells that they are going back to Russia. This pleases the youth, who finds conditions in this country at variance with those in Russia.

The two worlds do not harmonize. The years that have passed and the great revolution has created a deep chasm between the two worlds. Mira has for a number of years been counted among the dead. Perhaps she isn't really among the living. She and her son have come back OUT OF THE BEYOND.

Fate, however, is stronger than either Nathan, or David, or Mira and the other people gathered abut them. As the final curtain falls we realize that Mira and her son will remain in this country and that life and time great healers will in some measure readjust the lives of these people, which has been violently and tragically disrupted by war and revolution.

 
     


 



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