Park Square Theatre’s 35th anniversary season opens tonight with the regional premiere of Jennifer Maisel’s The Last Seder. And TC Jewfolk is giving you the chance to win a free pair of tickets to the September 25th show!
While the show’s St. Paul run doesn’t exactly line up with the calendar (Yom Kippur starts tonight at sundown and Passover isn’t until the spring), the play’s themes are sure to still resonate with Jews and non-Jews alike. The Last Seder tells the story of the four Price daughters who have returned home for their final Passover seder in their childhood home. Their father’s Alzheimer’s is worsening and it’s too much for their mother to handle. Marvin will be moved to a nursing home and the family house will be sold. Each of the four daughters arrives home with her own extra baggage: a fiancée wondering if her wedding will actually happen; an aimless wanderer and her on-again/off-again relationship with the boy next door; a pregnant lesbian; and the daughter who’s so tired of arriving at dinner solo, she decides to pick up a guy at Penn Station. But when the family’s last seder arrives, they find that the magic of the ritual opens a door to the next chapter in their family’s story.
The Last Seder won the 2002 Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays award and the Charlotte Woolard Award for New Voice in American Theater. The Los Angeles Times said “Jennifer Maisel’s episodic allegory about the final Passover observance by a clan at the crossroads of dealing with Alzheimer’s approaches its tear-jerking aims with delicate precision and punch.” Park Square Theatre’s production is directed by Peter Moore who calls it “a show for our times” with “very smart writing.”
Intrigued? Want to see the show or even win free tickets?
TC Jewfolk is thrilled to be able to give away TWO FREE TICKETS to The Last Seder for the Saturday, September 25th show at 7:30. Entering is easy! Before midnight on Wednesday 9/22, tell us in the comments below that you want to win the tickets. We’ll select one entry randomly and notify the winner by email. Two tickets will be held for the winner at will-call.
The Last Seder runs through October 3rd. Performances are Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 pm with matinees on Sundays (full schedule here). Tickets are $20-60, seniors get $5 off and patrons under 30 pay just $15. The show does come with this warning: Contains brief nudity, strong language and a fierce family independence.
And watch out for TC Jewfolk’s review of The Last Seder on Monday, September 20th!