The Disappearance of the Jews

by Lawrence Goodman • Directed by Melia Bensussen

Still haunted by World War II, Heshie, a senile old man, sets out on a quest to keep the Holocaust from ever happening again. His first mission? Capture the neighbor he belives is Adolf Eichmann's widow. Heshie's son Martin wants to halt his father's antics, but he's also embroiled in a disastrous love affair with a gentile. As the two men struggle over the future of their religion, Lawrence Goodman's outrageous play takes a rollicking ride deep into the Jewish heart of darkness.

Featuring: Will Lebow*, Anne Scurria*, Mark Zeisler*, Jennie Israel*, Gordana Rashovich*, and Margarita Martinez.

Lawrence Goodman’s plays include The Disappearance of the Jews, Keep Your Distance, An Evening of Highly Self-Indulgent Semi-Autobiographical Comedy, and Rain Later. His work has been performed at The Brick Playhouse in Philadelphia, the HERE Arts Center in New York, and the New York International Fringe Festival. He received the 2011 Rhode Island Fellowship Award in Play and Screenwriting. He worked as a reporter at New York Daily News and New York Post before moving to Providence, RI, where he currently lives with his two children and wife. He holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Goddard College in Vermont and a B.A. in English from Harvard College.

Breaking Ground is the Huntington Theatre Company's reading series, a vital part of our new play development program. This series brings attention to the work of local playwrights and presents national writers into partnership with the Huntington. Over the last seven years, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally. Unless otherwise noted, admission to all Breaking Ground readings is FREE and open to the public.


  • Lawrence Goodman Playwright Lawrence Goodman
  • Melia Bensussen Director Melia Bensussen
  • Will LeBow Heshie Will LeBow
  • Anne ScurriaRose
  • Mark ZeislerMartin
  • Jennie IsraelLouisa / Charlotte
  • Gordana RashovichVeronica
  • Margarita MartinezReader

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