Handle With Care
Properties Design & Set Dressing
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Scenic Artists
Light Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Jared A. Sayeg
Based on an original design by Jill Du Boff
Orlando de la
Mary K. Klinger
Robert T. Kyle
Red Colegrove, Le Sanne Bernandez/Grove Scenery
Patrick Buchanan, Selina Loggerman, Rei Yamamoto
Watson Bradshaw, Rene Parras, Christopher Rivera,
Arielle Siler, Genetra Tull
Rene Parras, Jr., Brie Quinn, Arielle Siler
(in order of speaking)
TIME AND PLACE
A motel room in Goodview, Virginia
Christmas Eve, 2008, with flashbacks to the day before
There will be one 15 minute intermission
Running time: Approximately 2 hours
A Note from the Playwright
I’m not Israeli. I’m not even Jewish. But I’ve always been
fascinated with faith and religion. Sort of like “Josh” in the play, I
grew up “religion-lite” (Catholic mother, Protestant father). When I
met and married my Israeli wife, however, and began to light candles on
Chanukah and celebrate Passover and Shabbat with her, I started to
think more and more about religion and faith, specifically the rituals
When I was growing up, Sundays were never about
church, but we would go to my grandfather's house. There would be
football (watched on TV and played in the backyard) followed by a big
meal – at 4 pm for some reason! And that was our church, our ritual: a
big family dinner.
Years later, the Jewish celebrations
that my wife introduced me to always reminded me of those Sunday
afternoons at my grandfather's house. And it occurred to me that
whatever the occasion, faith or religion (Shabbat, Sunday dinner,
Easter, Passover, Ramadan), the goal is always the same: to have the
family gathered as one.
We try to have family dinners
whenever we can: me the “lapsed” Catholic-Protestant, my wife the
Danish-Israeli Jew, and our nine-year-old daughter—a beautiful mix of
all of the above.
But in this day and age of iPhones and the
Internet, family rituals like these seem to be in decline. And that's
too bad. Because there’s something wonderful to me about Sunday dinners
or Friday night Shabbat. Something beautiful in its simplicity, elegant
in its purpose. As “Ayelet” says in the play: “Shabbat. Celebrate. Life…. And family.”
I hope you enjoy Handle With Care,
my “Jewish-Christmas play.” And after, have dinner with family and friends. And celebrate life. L'Chaim!
- Jason Odell Williams
FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
A while ago I came across a quote from Tony-winning actor Mark Rylance:
"I met a wonderful jazz musician when we were doing Boeing-Boeing
He was clearly brilliant, and I said to him 'Where can I get a
recording of yours?' And he said, 'Nowhere.' I said, 'What do you mean?
Are they not available anymore?' And he said, 'No, why would I want to
make a recording?' I said, "I don't know, maybe for people who aren't
able to be there to hear your music?' 'Why?' he asked. 'I won't be
there when they're listening to it.’ He literally never made any
recordings; he only was interested in the live, present moment. And the
more I thought about what he said, the more I thought, 'Yeah, I really
agree – that’s what's most exciting to me: the live, present moment,
with a group of actors and an audience and the curious communication
that goes on."
I found that pretty fascinating, because if all
musicians felt the same way as this un-named jazz musician, we would
live in a world without recorded music. Can you imagine that? I can’t.
in the theatre, what wouldn’t we give to be able to compare Sarah
Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse in their competing versions of The Lady of the Camellias?
How about Richard Burbage’s Hamlet?
Or David Garrick’s Richard III?
Performances that live in legend, but not in memory, because we’ll never see them.
the idea has emerged of photographing great productions during a
performance and screening them in movie theatres far from the cities in
which they’re playing, so instead of just reading about Tom
Huddleston’s legendary Coriolanus,
future generations will actually be able to see it. This is wonderful!
yet…and yet….that “curious communication” of the “live, present
moment,” embraced by an award-winning actor and a brilliant jazz
musician, simply is not possible unless both performers and audience are present.
Which is why technology, no matter how sophisticated and wondrous it
becomes, will never, ever replace living, breathing human beings, the
actors and the audience, sharing the experience at the same time in the
A Broadway producer put it this way: “You gotta
show up!” What he meant was tonight is different from all other nights.
Because you’re here. Now.
Brad Brown Nira & Herluf Cohn Norma Fire
Ray Lorme, Linoleum City Paul Manganiello Wadler Data