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Ritchie, Rebecca (American playwright, January 29, 1949-____), “Rachel Calof,”

a 75-minute comedy-drama in English, set in North Dakota, 1894-1944,

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; • © 2002 by Rebecca Ritchie; • in Rebecca Ritchie’s Rachel Calof (Williamsville, New York, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Rebecca Ritchie, 71 Old Orchard, Williamsville, New York 14221, U.S.A., e-mail rtritchie@att.net, telephone (home) 716-689-0868, fax 716-332-4004, and available from Rights Department, Indiana University Press as agent for the estate of Jacob Calof, 601 North Morton Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47404-3797, U.S.A., e-mail http://iupress.indiana.edu/rights/. A producer must acquire a separate set of rights from Indiana University Press. The playwright can authorize the right to produce the script, but Indiana University Press must authorize the right to use a work derivative of the memoir, Rachel Calof's Story. • Cited by Rebecca Ritchie via ftp August 29, 2003; Ritchie says,

  §  Dramatis Personae Abraham Calof (m), 25, ages to 75, a Jewish farmer; Rachel Calof (f), 18, ages to 68, a Jewish mail order bride; Charadh Kalov (f), 50, mother of Abraham, a Russian peasant.

  §  Synopsis “After agreeing to an arranged marriage with Abraham Calof—an 18-year-old Russian immigrant in 1894—struggles to adjust to a homestead on the North Dakota plains. While coping with subsistence living, she must choose between a life bounded by the Old World superstitions of Charadh, her mother-in-law, or a ‘modern’ future fraught with wrenching change.

  §  Comment “Scenes are continuous but move back and forth in time. Can be performed on a unit set using only chairs and boxes. • ‘Rachel Calof’ is a dramatization of the memoir, Rachel Calof's Story, by Rachel Calof, edited by J. Sanford Rikoon and published by Indiana University Press.”

  §  Themes arranged marriage, biography, Communism, family, feminism, homesteading, immigration, Jewishness, pioneering, poverty, love.

See also Rebecca Ritchie's

  • "Buying a Brassiere," a 15-minute comedy-drama in English, set in the lingerie department of a large department store, daytime, 1999, 2f
  • "A Personal Exchange," a 40-minute comedy in English, set in the studies of a man and woman, several months, 1991, 1m1f


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