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Book details
  • Genre:DRAMA
  • SubGenre:General
  • Language:English
  • Pages:250
  • eBook ISBN:9798350946987
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350932010

A Coat of Many Colors

Putting Jewish Characters on Stage

by Roy Schreiber

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"A Coat of Many Colors" is a series of five plays meant to illustrate the diversity among Jewish people.
Showing diversity is the best way to undermine the negative stereotyping of Jewish people. The five plays in this book illustrate why stereotypes of any description don't work. In Shylock Revisited, the main character won't give up his efforts to make the merchant of Venice, Antonio, pay what he owes. In "Good Deeds" a screen writer, Salka Viertel, pays the price for helping Nazi era Jewish artists escape from Europe. Harry Houdini takes on a reluctant con woman in Margery Meets Harry. Educating Henry Adams has the queen of Tahiti convince the U.S. historian, Henry Adams, to help her write a family history that leaves out her Jewish heritage. And finally, in The Optimist, a Jewish college professor discovers that the world goes beyond the logical solutions he thinks will solve all problems.
About the author
Roy Schreiber is a member of both the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild. He is also a Network Playwright with Chicago Dramatists. His plays have been broadcast on NPR stations. His plays have appeared on stage and Chicago Dramatists and Naked Angels have presented his work. For several years he has acted as reader at all levels, preliminary to final, for plays submitted to the Jewish Plays Project.