Queen of Chesed

An original 80-minute dramatic comedy with no intermission. Written by Claudia Litvak Polachek and Pearl Rothenberg; directed by Ellen David.

Opening performance is at the Outremont Theatre on November 15, 2017. The play is loosely based on the life of Faigie Jacobson-a Chasidic woman, wife of a rabbi and mother of 9 children. “Chesed” is a Hebrew word meaning “acts of loving kindness”. Faigie, a dynamic, religious woman, opened her home to the needy in her Crown Heights home. Homeless, hungry and lonely people come for a meal and often stay indefinitely. The play has fictitious and true to life occurrences. It makes for some interesting dramatic and comedic interactions not only between the Jacobson family and their “guests” but also between the “guests” themselves.

This play has multiple layers to it. There is a gradual unfolding of the unique characters. They are not what they appear to be. We come to realize that the “homeless” have a history and a complexity beyond what we see on the surface. They have been able to forge meaningful relationships with each other. Compassion, cohesiveness, conflict and humour co-exist.

Cast (in order of appearance)

Charlie  Fishel Goldig
Moishie  Devon Packer
Reb Menachem/Man Benjamin Warner
Faigie  Ellen David
Sarah  Katie Kowarsky
Tatti  Sam Stein
Yossi  David Hall
Ethel  Evy Solomon
John  Adam Recine
Zalman  Bill Fletcher
Reporter  Liz MacRae
Editor  Bill Fletcher