Art Shulman

I am a playwright based in Los Angeles. I am quite prolific, and I believe I have had more original full-length plays produced in the Los Angeles area in the past 15 years than anyone.

Several of my plays are Jewish-themed, and I’d like to briefly tell you about two of them: THE RABBI & THE SHIKSA, and THE RABBI’S MISSION. Each play utilizes 5 actors and a unit set. Running time for both is about 110 minutes.

This play (‘A romance definitely NOT made in heaven’) has a very controversial title. Some Jewish theaters will not consider it for that reason. (I am willing to change the title, if necessary.) But the title is one of its greatest strengths. It has been produced five times, in three states, each time doing exceedingly strong box office.

The play is a dramedy, and not a frivolous piece of comedic fluff, although it does contain much comedy. Of course, it involves a rabbi’s romance with a non-Jewish woman. But it also involves other themes. The rabbi is liberal/progressive, but some members of the congregation are conservative and would like to oust him. The rabbi often is arrogant and feels he can somehow extract himself from any problem. Toward the end, he must struggle with his identity.

This dramedy is the sequel to THE RABBI & THE SHIKSA, although it stands alone as its own play.

The rabbi has left his congregation and now works as the head of a mission with a soup kitchen. His best friend has a son who wishes to marry a non-Jewish woman, and the rabbi is asked to counsel them. The young woman is Black, though this does not seem an issue. At about the same time, the rabbi’s former girlfriend visits with the news that she is planning to convert to Judaism.

Again, the play has much comedy, though it deals with significant issues.

I also have two other ‘Jewish’ plays (at least Jewish characters). OLD BROADS CAN’T DUNK is about a team, the Yentas, in the Women Over 60 Basketball League, and THE YENTAS WEAR RED HATS concerns the Yentas forming a Red Hats chapter.


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