J'oy Vey

 Written with Anita Simons

Workshop Production, Trinity Street Players, Austin, TX, December 2017; Reading, Bare Bones Theatre, Laguna Beach, CA, 2015, dir. Jenny Sullivan; Reading, Florida Rep PlayLAB, Ft. Myers, 2015, dir. Robert Cacioppo; Workshop production, Center for Jewish Culture, La Jolla JCC, 2014, dir. Evan Pappas. 


Gammy Leigh has big plans for her holiday overnighter with her grandbabies, including a surprise visit from Santa. She isn’t alone with her twin grandbabies for five minutes when Bubbie Arlene unexpectedly shows up at the door armed with Chanukah gifts galore and a know-it-all attitude that even the most mellow Gammy can’t abide. Thus begins a fierce competition for the title of World’s Best Grandma and a battle of wills that leads the ladies to debate everything from breastfeeding to childrearing to the merits of Arlene’s ex-husband, Mark. Even the world’s great religions are not exempt from the barbs of these outspoken elders in this Christmas/ Chanukah comedy that will entertain the whole family without breaking your holiday budget. 


Cast size: 2 W.

This light-hearted, well-constructed play is a delight to produce around the holiday season.  It does have enough serious points to be thought-provoking, but also enough resolution to keep from weighing itself down. And there are endless ways to add sight-gags. Our audiences loved it! -- Director Cathy Jones, Trinity Street Players





MJ Smith and Linda Miller Raff in Trinity Street Players' production in Austin, Texas. Directed by Cathy Jones. Photos by Rod Machen.

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