A Message from Arnold Mittelman After a career in not-for-profit and commercial theater spanning more than 40 years I was honored in 2007 to found the National Jewish Theater / Foundation and in 2010 to assume leadership of its Holocaust Theater International...
The Soldier and the Time Traveler
Old Sam Stein: Old man in his 90s. Beth’s present-day Jewish great-grandfather. WWII veteran. He sits in a wheelchair, wears his WWII Veteran baseball cap, purple heart medal on his chest.
Beth: Seventeen-year old computer nerd and time traveler from present day who goes back to 1945 to accompany her 19-year-old great-grandfather through the last five months of WWII. In ACT I Scene 1, Beth wears teen clothes of the present day. Throughout the remainder of the play, she wears a WWII military-style jacket over her jeans. She identifies as a lesbian.
Lupe Beth’s Latina girlfriend: She wears cool teen clothes of the present day. Identifies as queer. Seventeen years old.
Young Sam Stein: nineteen-year old Jewish soldier during WWII
Beth’s great-grandfather: He wears a WWII army cap and jacket with a rainbow
division insignia on the upper left sleeve.
Ken Ketchum: twenty-year old soldier from Ocean Shores, WA, and Sam’s army buddy. He wears a WWII army cap and jacket with a rainbow division insignia on the upper left sleeve.
Harvey Lazar: twenty-year old gay (but closeted) Jewish soldier from a unit different from Sam’s. He wears a WWII army cap and jacket.
Ludvig: eighteen-year old German time traveler from present day who is still painfully embarrassed by his family’s involvement in WWII. He wears a military style cap and jacket. German accent.
Helga: sixteen-year old German girl in her bombed-out town who was repeatedly victimized by soldiers of every army. Flat affect; sister of Inga. She wears tattered clothes and shoes. German accent.
Inga: a fourteen-year old German girl in her bombed-out town who was
repeatedly victimized by soldiers of every army. Flat affect; sister of Helga. She wears tattered clothes and shoes. German accent.
Date of authorship: 2020
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