January 30, 2012
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company will present the reading of a new play being created specifically for the Centennial Tales of Arizona Jewish Women Pioneers – For Better and Worse by Harriet Rochlin, author of many books on early Jewish western settlers.
Janet Arnold, Producing Director of AJTC states: “Nearly two years ago, Larry Bell of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society approached me with the idea of creating a new work for the Centennial. I thought it was a great idea and immediately contacted Harriet Rochlin, since she is a real expert on Jews of the Southwest. She too was intrigued, and we now have a general script to draw upon.”
The script includes vignette-type stories of a variety of women who helped to settle Arizona and bring some Jewish flavor to the territory. The ladies portrayed range from Rosa Katzenstein Drachman in the 1860s to Sarah Nathan Goldwater to Josephine Marcus Earp and others.
The actors presenting the reading are: Barbara Mark Dreyfuss, Barbara Goldman, Cheryl Hammerman, Rabbi Bonnie Sharfman, Barb Zemel, and Janet Arnold of the Arizona Jewish Theatre Company.