Elijah by Hannah Rittner
Leora, a medical student based in Toronto, spends the days of awe (the days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur) in Halifax, NS with her queer-sister Shira and her non-binary Israeli partner Ariel. Shira is four-months pregnant and excited to build a family with Ariel that goes against every tradition the sisters were raised with. As Shira and Ariel dream about their queer family together tensions rise between the sisters. Elijah explores the transformative power of forgiveness and its ability to heal the traumas of the past.
Keywords: Jewish, Queer, Family, Motherhood, Pregnancy, Romance,
Mysticism, the Soul, Drama, Healing
Run time: 120 minutes
Content notes: Contains mention of miscarriage, descriptions of sexual violence/trauma, suicide, familial abuse
Cast size: 3 actors
Female roles: 2
Trans/Non-Binary/Gender Non-Conforming Roles: 1
Casting notes: Ariel is a Black Israeli, if a Jewish/Black actor cannot be found where the production is then prioritize casting a Black person in the role.
Leora and Shira are Ashkenazi Jews. It is important that companies/presenters do the best they can to hire Jewish actors that belong to this diasporic ethno-religion. Hair is mentioned in the play so it is important that both sisters have textured, curly hair.