Thursday, May 3, 2012
West Coast Jewish Theatre presents The Immigrant, a musical with book by Mark Harelik, lyrics by Sarah Knapp and music by Steven M. Alper at Pico Playhouse in Los Angeles. The 2002 musical is based on the 1985 non-musical play and novel, also by Harelik. The Immigrant will run May 24 - July 15, with opening night on Saturday May 26.
The musical is the story of bookwriter Mark Harelik’s grandparents, their flight from the pogroms of Russia, and their settling in Hamilton, Texas in 1909. They are befriended by a Gentile couple, the Perrys, who help establish the Hareliks as they cope with being the only Jews in a Texas town. Haskell Harelik believes in the promise of America, a land of opportunity and safety. Safe that is, until local toughs shoot at him. Leah Harelik worries that Haskell’s rush to assimilate will separate them from their Jewish culture.
The Immigrant is directed by the Howard Teichman, West Coast Jewish Theatre’s artistic director, and features a cast that features Cheryl David, Anthony Gruppuso, Gary Patent and Dana Shaw. The production team includes Priscilla Miranda (stage manager), Kurtis Bedford (set design), and Michelle Young (costume design).
Performances will take place at Pico Playhouse, 10508 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064. For reservations please call (323) 860-6620 or visit www.wcjt.org.
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