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Capture the Moon
Capture the Moon
"Take your kids to Capture the Moon. They'll laugh, they'll learn … they'll love it!" —WAMU-FM Washington, D.C.
By Ernest Joselovitz and Harry Michael Bagdasian. Adapted from the Jewish folktales of Chelm.

Cast: 4m., 2w. (4 of which may play multiple roles.) Capture the Moon, a lighthearted play for 4- to 11-year-olds, is based on the traditional Yiddish tales of Chelm, portrayed as a mythical Eastern European shtetl, its people being awfully poor, very devout, thoroughly democratic (just about anything could justify a town meeting), and of a uniquely innocent way of thinking and acting. The play spotlights this poor village's humorous attempt to solve a streetlighting problem by capturing the moon and harnessing moonlight. The failure of the first attempt (to capture and store the moonlight in a barrel of water) forces them to seek the help of the neighboring Christian village to climb their church steeple (almost) up to the moon. With their neighbors' cooperation, the Chelmites then must journey through the surrounding Christian countryside in search of the moon at its lowest point on the horizon. On this journey, they become aware of their "differentness," and they are finally appreciated for it. Capture the Moon offers, in children's terms, interesting elements of Jewish history. More than that, though, it is a play about a common devoutness that encourages mutual respect, respect for different ways of thinking and imagining. Unit set. Approximate Running Time: 50 minutes.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  CB2
Cast Size:  6
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  32
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  50 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy
ISBN (10): 158342069X
Publication Date: 10/17/2001
Harry Michael Bagdasian is a professional writer and director who was a pioneer in the Washington, D.C., small theatre movement. He co-founded and led New Playwrights Theatre for 12 years. In July 2013, his one-act play Carrying On, produced by The Eclectic Company Theatre in Los Angeles, won the Favorite Show Award. Bagdasian has co-authored four theatre for youth plays ...More
Ernest Joselovitz has been produced around the country including Joseph Papp's Public Theatre, the American Jewish Theatre, Jewish Repertory Theatre and Circle Repertory Theatre. His plays have been widely published as well as anthologized in the prestigious annual Best Short Plays. He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture, was nominated ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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