In 2005, Rochelle and I wrote a play called The First Nights of Hanukkah. Produced two years in a row on the amateur level, it was a well-received comedy/drama about a boy and a girl, their love and eventual capture and release by the Germans in World War II.
Shifra Bergman is about meet Joe Gorovich from Kansas City on the first night of Hanukkah as a guest by her father, Yeshiva Professor Avram Bergman (Joe’s instructor at the shul). Hannah Bergman answers the phone in this scene.
Incidentally, Rochelle and I would like some feedback on the play itself and, if any of you brave souls would be willing to tackle a review of it, we’ll make it available to you in pdf form! We’d love some feedback!!!
A screenplay is also available in pdf. Remember to ask for it and I’ll send it to you personally! 😉
Whittled down to 100 words (stage directions don’t count, though), here’s a complete phone conversation of Hannah to her husband Professor Avram Bergman, from the play, The First Nights Of Hanukkah by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields and Kent Bonham. Please enjoy!
HANNAH (picks up phone, speaks into it):
Yes, Papa, we have the extra plate ready and I put a little more water in the soup.
Having a little conversation with Shifra.
About cooking, sewing, settling down with a nice Jewish man who’s NOT going to marry a woman that DOESN’T. I mean, what’s there not to talk about?
With your daughter there’s ALWAYS something to talk about, Avram!
Did you get the applesauce?
Good. She’ll be happy about that. (at Shifra) You know how SOME people are when they don’t get what they want.
All right, Papa. I’ll see you soon. Goodbye.
(hangs up phone)