Runtime: 1h 10m
A trilogy of new Jewish plays by some ace writers—Ryan Craig, Amy Rosenthal, and Alexis Zegerman—this is an evening that explores birth, death, and marriage through a Jewish lens and what it is like to be a Jew in the contemporary world. In Ryan Craig’s Death, a family is brought together by ancient rites; in Zegerman’s Marriage, one date is considered in the light of thousands of years of exile; and Rosenthal’s Birth takes place with a surprise visitor in the aftermath of a couple’s Golden Wedding celebrations.
The Arc is a world premiere of three brand new short plays by Ryan Craig, Amy Rosenthal and Alexis Zegerman, exploring Birth, Marriage and Death through a distinctly Jewish lens. The Arc shines a contemporary light on the cycle of Jewish life, and what it means to live as a Jew in 2023. Emanate Productions is a theatre company that focuses on nurturing talent in emerging and established artists of Jewish heritage – platforming urgent, exciting and passionate stories with an integral Jewish soul. Following on from their sold-out run of at Kiln Theatre in 2022, Emanate are back at Soho Theatre this summer putting contemporary Jewish stories once again on centre stage. BIRTH by Amy Rosenthal In the aftermath of their Golden Wedding celebrations, Michael and Lynda are surprised by an uninvited guest. Will Naomi’s visit be the marzipan on the fruitcake, or is she a fruitcake; and has she arrived – once again – at the wrong time? MARRIAGE by Alexis Zegerman “We deserve more in common than just being Jewish, don’t we?” One date. Thousands of years of exile. A million possibilities. DEATH by Ryan Craig A humorous look at how ancient death rites can bring a family together, even after it’s been torn apart by divorce, illness, narcissism and neurosis. Age Recommendation: 12+