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Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner

Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Lisa Loomer
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 64
Pub. Date: 2013
ISBN-10: 0822228149
ISBN-13: 9780822228141
Cast Size: 8 female, 5 male

About the Play:

Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner is a full-length comedy by Lisa Loomer. See what happens when a family dinner convo crosses the line. Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner is a funny, bracing look at a Seder dinner gone terribly wrong as politics and religion hijack the conversation, severely testing the ties that bind. Is peace possible – even at the dinner table?

Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner is the story of Myriam's annual Passover Seder, a multicultural mix of family and friends, which threatens to explode as the conversation turns wildly funny then sobering as the characters address increasingly volatile topics of religion and politics over the course of the evening. Myriam's bond with her liberal daughter is tested, as is her lifelong friendship with Sam, a Palestinian American who's just returned from the Middle East. A Buddhist, a Christian, an Atheist – all have their say. Her husband, Jack, tries hard to keep the sanctity of tradition… But in this celebration of "freedom from bondage," hilarious and poignant, none of the guests escape unscathed. A deeply funny yet at times painful play, Two Things You Don't Talk About At Dinner should appeal to broad audiences and shed some light on how difficult it is to talk about hot button issues in today's world, even, or perhaps especially, amongst family and friends.

Two Things You Don't Talk About at Dinner premiered in 2012 at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, Colorado. Since then the play has been produced at professional theatres across the US.

Cast: 8 female, 5 male

What people say:

"A Passover Seder dinner provides the premise for a free-swinging discussion of politics and religion… The ethnic smörgåsbord serves up zingers for every palate." — Variety

"Underscore[s] the most basic assumptions that divide us and the inability of hard-liners on both sides to hear the opposing view." — Denver Post

"A tough-minded and courageous work." — Denver Westward

"A play that takes you through an emotional and educational journey." — Denver Darling

About the Playwright:

Lisa Loomer is an American playwright and screenwriter of Spanish and Romanian ancestry who has also worked as an actress and stand-up comic. She is best known for her plays The Waiting Room and Living Out, which are taught in university drama programs, Women's Studies programs, and Latino Studies programs. She was twice nominated for a Pulitzer and also has received an Imagen Award for positive portrayals of Latinos in all media.

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