Madeleines

Debra has returned to her childhood home to care for her declining mother Rose, an exacting baker who supported herself and her daughters with a successful cookie business. When Jennifer, Debra's older sister, arrives for Rose's funeral, shared memories and old sibling grievances boil to the surface. As the sisters confront their loss, a startling secret about their mother’s most-treasured Passover recipe emerges, which changes everything they thought they knew about themselves, each other, and their family.

45 minute one-act ready for production

full length version for three actors in development

photo by Ann Tracy, Karen Ball (actor)

Characters

Debra – mid/late 40s; she’s come home to care for her mother and is at a cross-roads

Jennifer – her three years older sister; highly successful NYC college professor

Rose – their mother; a cookie baker

Papa – Rose’s father in her memory

 

Actor #1 - Jennifer/Rose/Papa

 

Actor #2 – Debra/Rose

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Production & Development History

  • Workshop Production: Portland Stage Studio Series, November 2015

  • Workshop Production: 15-minute excerpt in “The Maine Dish” Festival, Snowlion Repertory Company, March 2015

  • Reading as part of Snowlion Rep’s PlayLab program

©2017 by Bess Welden