George Street Playhouse's 2018-19 five-play mainstage season features a Tony Award-nominated play, a Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award winner set during the early days of the Civil Rights movement, a suspenseful courtroom drama, a heartwarming story of arriving in a strange land for the first time, and the world premiere of a new musical. Learn More
Mark Harelik is a writer and actor, a native Texan who grew up in the only Jewish family in the small town of Hamilton in central Texas, where his two biographical plays, The Immigrant and The Legacy, take place. In 1991, his play The Immigrant, a telling of his Jewish grandparents’ immigration to rural Texas and their first 30 years of life there, was the most widely produced play in the country. In the immediately preceding and following years, it was among the most widely produced. It has been seen at nearly every major regional theater in the country, among them, The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, Theater Forty in Los Angeles, A.C.T. in San Francisco, The Denver Center Theater Co., The Alley Theater in Houston, and hundreds more theaters in cities and towns large and small. The Legacy, an autobiographical sequel to The Immigrant, has been produced in Miami, Seattle, San Diego, and by The Globe Theaters in San Diego.
Jim Jack(Director) returns to directing for GSP’s mainstage a second time, following his debut at the helm of the critically acclaimed production of My Name is Asher Lev in spring 2016. Directing credits for GSP’s Educational Tour and Community-based programs include: Terra Incognita; Our Town Now; Gabi Goes Green!; Austin the Unstoppable; IRL: in real life; New Kid; Peacemaker; and Break the Chains. Additional New York and regional credits include: The Road; Where is Home?; The Way It Was; K2 (Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Direction); Life and Limb; The Dumb Waiter; and The Zoo Story. Jim is the Director of Education and Outreach for the George Street Playhouse. Jim wishes to thank David Saint, Kelly Ryman and the GSP staff and Board of Directors for their support. Jim dedicates this production to the memory of the man who helped him lace the skates and hit the ice, Dr. Homer Swander.
Russian-Jewish emigrate Haskell Harelik arrives at the port of Galveston, Texas in 1909 seeking refuge from his homeland. With only his banana cart in tow, Haskell finds compassion and friendship from an unlikely couple, falls in love, and creates a pastoral life for his family. About The Immigrant, USA Today said “the scenes evoke the rural era with the firm-handed clarity of a Jewish Horton Foote … they glow.”
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Read.Talk. See:The Immigrant is this year's Book Club selection. Package includes: A copy of the script, ticket to the performance, audience engagement guide and staff member discussion.