Script-in-hand reading of Benefit Performance, or, The Other Jew

A Script-in-hand reading

7:30 PM, Thursday, March 7

Tufts University Hillel

220 Packard Ave., Medford, MA 02155

In 1858 New Orleans, theatre manager and playwright George Washington Lazarus has two problems on his hands, and both of them involve trial scenes:  an actor in his own company has chosen to play Shylock for a benefit performance; and his trial for first-degree murder begins the next day.  Lazarus refuses to defend himself; but his wife and daughter may have other plans.

Inspired by people, events, and plays featured in the Bernard Hewitt Award-winning book,  Hideous Characters and Beautiful Pagans:  Performing Jewish Identity on the Antebellum American Stage, by Heather Nathans, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Tufts University


Laurence Senelick


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Barbara Wallace Grossman


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Teri Incampo


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Ali-Reza Mirsajadi



Script-in-hand reading of October 14


A script-in-hand reading of

A Puppeteer with the Palsy Performs Scenes from Shakespeare, or, The Ghost in the Machine

by Cary Mazer

Bruce Montgomery Theatre
Annenberg Center
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

Directed by Edward Sobel

Featuring Peter DeLaurier with Sara Outing



Support for the workshops and the reading has been provided by The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation


A Puppeteer with the Palsy wins an Independent Creative Production grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation

Cary Mazer was awarded an Independent Creative Production grant from The Sachs Program for Arts Innovation to workshop his play, A Puppeteer with the Palsy Performs Scnes from Shakespeare.  He will be working with actor Peter DeLaurier and designer/actor/puppeteer Sara Outing, both to develop te play and to work out the cmplexities of the puppetry,.  The workshop will culminate in a public reading, at a date to be determined.


STA conference, 2018



I will be attending the Shakespeare Theatre Association meeting in Cincinnati on January 18th, 2018, to participate in a “table session” on “Shakespeare Companion Plays”–plays that Shakespeare companies might consider presenting along side of their Shakespearean repertoire … i.e. plays like SHYLOCK’S BEARD, SEVEN LECTURES ON HAMLET, A PUPPETEER WITH THE PALSY PERFORMS SCENES FROM SHAKESPEARE, BENEFIT PERFORMANCE, and GOT YOUR BACK.