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Author: Tara Goldstein
ICWP Member?:Yes
Nearest Large City:Toronto
Play Title:Lost Daughter
Runtime:61-90 minutes
Synopsis:Set in the Canadian city of Toronto in the summer of 1933, a summer when Gentile youth wear swastika badges to keep the city’s Jews out of the public parks and beaches, Lost Daughter is a sequel to William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Shimon’s Jewish-born daughter Jessica and her Gentile husband Larry are celebrating their first anniversary in their new home in The Beaches. The couple bought their home with money Jessica stole from her father on the day she eloped. Having lost her mother at the age of three, Jessica is trying to create a family life she never had. She is also trying to escape the violence of antisemitism by marrying Larry and becoming Christian. When Larry can’t find a job Jessica begins working at the children’s library where she meets Esther, an aunt she never knew existed. As Jessica’s relationship with her Jewish aunt grows, so does the antisemitism in The Beaches. Jessica learns that it is not possible to escape the violence of antisemitism. She can only fight it. But returning home means asking Shimon to forgive her for stealing his life-savings. A meditation on Jewish family ties and Jewish forgiveness Lost Daughter challenges the binary of Christian mercy and Jewish revenge present in The Merchant of Venice.

Max. Cast:6
Min. Cast:6
Web Page:web.me.com/gaileyroad/site/welcome.html
First Name:Tara
Last Name:Goldstein
Notes:Lost Daughter won the 2005 Canadian Jewish Playwriting Contest and was produced by Gailey Road Productions at the Toronto Fringe Festival in July 2008.