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BT: Master of Return
By Elyssa Nicole Trust
Directed by Susanna Wolk
Benefitting UJA Federation of New York

Saturday 7/14 @7:15pm-8:45pm
Sunday 7/15 @3:45pm-5:15pm
Monday 7/23 @9:30pm-11pm
Thursday 8/2 @5:45pm-7:15pm
Saturday 8/4 @7pm-8:30pm




Gabby Goldblum is a junior in college with an anger problem and a marijuana habit, largely the result of losing her sister to cancer 3 years ago. Coerced by her Holocaust survivor grandmother, Gabby says goodbye to her loving parents and boyfriend (with weed cookies in hand) as she heads off to Jerusalem to study abroad for 6 months. While in Israel, she initially clashes with her Orthodox roommate who has had little exposure to secular Jews, and signs up for a special interest group with the Rabbi only because she needs the “easy A.” As time goes on, Gabby begins to find meaning in religious Judaism and become traditionally observant. She transitions full-throttle into a Ba’al Teshuvah, a secular Jewish person who returns to G-d and religious Judaism. Her new observance creates waves with her secular parents and boyfriend who have difficulty understanding her new lifestyle.

Elyssa Nicole Trust (Playwright; Gabby Goldblum) is a New York City-based actor, writer and singer originally from Long Island.  She attended Binghamton University where she studied English/Journalism and Spanish. There, she founded No Strings Attached, their Broadway a cappella group.  Recent credits: Theatre- The Dreamer Examines His Pillow (Donna), Man of La Mancha (Antonia) and It Runs in the Family (Sister). Film- Who’s Jenna, Surviving the Outbreak, Death at a Barbecue.  She is also the writer and co-star of Starting Note 2ebseries. Other writing projects include a children’s book, a libretto, and a daily poem for her dog’s instagram – @benjithemaltipoet. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of BT: Master of Return in all stages of the process thus far-  I am so grateful. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”

Susanna Wolk (Director) is a New York-based theater director. She has worked on the Broadway productions of Lobby Hero, Significant Other, Waitress, and Finding Neverland. Her work as a director has been seen at 54 Below, Dixon Place, Theatre Row, Club OBERON, A.R.T.’s Loeb Mainstage, 13th Street Repertory Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Flea, Ugly Rhino, Don’t Tell Mama, and more. She has assisted on productions at Second Stage, MCC, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and American Repertory Theater. Susanna graduated with honors from Harvard in 2014 where she studied English and Theater.

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