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“The Wisest of Fools”


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Ladutke, Rachel Rubin (American playwright, librettist, director, 1967-____), “The Wisest of Fools,”

a 10-minute comedy in English, set in the Rabbi's study, Chelm, a town in Poland populated by fools, Eighteenth Century,

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  •  © 2001 by Rachel Rubin Ladutke;  •  script/rights available from Rachel Rubin Ladutke, 30-27 41st Street, #2R, Astoria, New York 11103-3423, U.S.A., e-mail rachel@rachelwrites.com, www.rachelwrites.com, telephone (home) 718-721-6083, (work) 212-875-7785, fax 718-721-7709.  •  Cited by Rachel Rubin Ladutke, via ftp February 27, 2002; Ladutke says,

  §  Dramatis Persona Nachum (m), 35, the Rabbi of Chelm; Herschel (m), 25, the Rabbi's student; Moishe (m), 55, the Chief Sage of Chelm; Rivka (f), 31, the Rabbi's wife.

  §  Synopsis “It's another hectic and confusing day in Chelm, the town of
fools.  Rabbi Nachum is beset by his student, who worries about his
expectant wife; the Chief Sage, who wants more respect; and Nachum's
own wife, who helps him solve problems but asks a great deal in return!
The cobbler's shop is burning down; the school isn't being built; and the
townspeople want to capture the moon in a barrel.  What's a poor Rabbi to
do?

  §  Comment “This fast-moving, comic tidbit is taken from beloved Jewish legends about a town of well-meaning, civic-minded fools.  It's a fun little romp for all!  •  First performed in NYC in a workshop. Never professionally produced.”

  §  Themes 1700s, Chelm, ethnic, folk tale, fool, Jewishness, marriage, Poland, pragmatism, pregnancy, respect, teacher-student relationship, village.

See also Rachel Rubin Ladutke’s

 
  • “Allegro,” a 40-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of the family home in Connecticut and in an adoption agency in New York City, U.S.A., December, 1966 through June, 1967, 4f (with doubling)
  • “Coda,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., June, 1978, 2f
  • “Coffee With Pearl,” a 12-minute drama in English, set on the streets of New York City, U.S.A., a winter afternoon, 2001, 1f
  • “Different Gifts ,” a 10-minute children's theatre drama in English, set in the hallway of a school, around noon on a school day, 1998, 3m or 3f or any combination
  • “Prelude,” a 10-minute comedy-drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., Sunday, July, 1946, 2f
  • “Rondo,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in the kitchen of a  farmhouse in Connecticut, U.S.A., an afternoon in September, 1957, 1m1f
  • “Sowing The Seeds,” a 60-minute drama in English, set in Western Connecticut, U.S.A., noon, July, 1994, through noon the next day, 1m3f
  • “Wheelies,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., an afternoon in May, 1998, 1m1f
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