It’s the 70s and Mrs. Washington, a black caregiver, is hired to nurse Sam Horowitz, a bigoted Jewish widower who has been mugged and is a stroke patient. She is a determined tyrant who puts up with his racist attitudes while bullying the insulting Horowitz through rehab and into a stormy but mutually beneficial relationship. When Sam’s daughter tries to move him from his home, the two of them must prevail. This play is a period piece reflecting the racial attitudes of the 1970s while exploring contemporary issues and addressing the struggle many seniors face in maintaining the right to make their own decisions.
“Once again, Bema Productions illuminates the power to be found in ‘ordinary’ lives.” —Janis La Couvée (From Door to Door, Fringe 2016)
“… a smart, funny play.”—Adrian Chamberlain, Victoria Times Colonist
Born during Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue’s 2013 arts festival, Bema Productions is now in its fourth successful season. Winner of the Best Drama Award at Victoria’s 2016 Fringe Festival, Bema believes both in the power of theatre and in helping their community by supporting other nonprofit organizations. Bema offers free productions of its main stage play each year to Victoria charitable organizations in support of their fundraising efforts.
BEMA PRODUCTIONS | DIRECTED BY ZELDA DEAN | WRITTEN BY HENRY DENKER | PERFORMED BY DAVID MACPHERSON, ROSEMARY JEFFERY, CHRISTINE UPRIGHT, ALF SMALL, COLE DEO, AND GRAHAM CROFT
RATED: PG-13 | LENGTH: 90 MINUTES (NO INTERMISSION)