On the day World War II ends, another war begins. Joe Taylor, an African-American veteran decides he wants to marry Nettie French, a childhood sweetheart, and buy the house belonging to Rose Beauchamp, a white teacher who has befriended both Nettie, daughter of Rose’s deceased best friend, and Joe and encouraged their friendship and academic aspirations. Rose’s prejudice rears its head and her reluctance to sell her house to Joe sets in motion a chain of events that threatens to destroy all their futures. Harry Rosen, a Jewish immigrant from Nazi Germany, enters their lives and helps them find their way home.
The setting is the living room of a graceful old home in Berkley, Virginia. A stained glass window made by Nettie’s mother, Lily, as a gift to Rose, is a designer’s delight. Lily combined pieces of glass from baby bottles, eye-glasses, plates, and jewelry to create a symbol of the play’s multi-cultural mix. Through this window, Rose, Nettie, Joe, and Harry find comfort, joy, pain, redemption; and, finally, the reality of their own prejudices.
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About The Writer: Jean Klein
Jean Klein – Jean Klein has been a semi-finalist in the O’Neill competition; A one-act play Snapshots was a winner in the Kernodle Play competition at the University of. Her play Lifeswap was produced at The Venue on 35th in Norfolk, Virginia in 2012 and at The Edge Theater in Belle Haven, Virginia. The Pinch Hitter was produced by The Barn Theater in New Jersey and numerous other short plays (Heritage; Planned Parenthood; In and Out; Finals; NightSide Out) have been produced at theaters across the country. She holds an MA in English and an MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa,
Klein is the owner and founder of HaveScripts / Blue Moon Plays (www.bluemoonplays.com) aimed at providing plays for schools, community theater, and regional theater, as well as introducing new works and new forms of theaters to the public . She has studied and taught playwriting and fiction at Carnegie-Mellon University, Old Dominion University, and The University of Iowa. She currently teaches playwriting in the Creative Writing MA and MFA program at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
About the Director: Nancy Pop
Nancy Pop is a multifaceted performer, producer, and writer originally from Romania, currently residing in Brooklyn, New York. She spent her formative years between Erie, PA and Romania, eventually moving to Arkansas with her family because life is weird like that. It was in the good ol' South where she developed a love for writing, theater, and performance as a coping mechanism against the suffocating college football craze.
After three years of expanding her student loan collection, Pop graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in Spring 2016 with her B.A. in Theater Performance and Playwriting. She hosts "SHEbang", a monthly variety show in New York City featuring an all-female line up of comedians and poets. She also hosts "In Cold Read", a monthly playwriting workshop at Spoonbill & Sugartown Booksellers. Her most recent directorial work was at the "Sex: Short Play & Musical Festival" at the Player's Theatre, directing "Eggshells" by J.C. Hopkins starring Eric Goss and Lucille Hansen.