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BT: Master of Return
By Elyssa Nicole Trust
Directed by Susanna Wolk
Benefiting UJA Federation of New York
Gabby Goldblum is a hard-partying college student with a painful past and an anger problem. She says goodbye to her loving but overbearing family as she heads off to study abroad in Jerusalem (with weed cookies in hand). Though she initially clashes with her Orthodox roommate who has had little exposure to the secular world, Gabby rapidly begins to find meaning and healing in Judaism. She transitions full-throttle into a Ba’al Teshuvah, a non-religious Jewish person who returns to G-d and becomes traditionally observant. Her new observance creates waves with her parents and boyfriend who have difficulty understanding her new lifestyle.
Elyssa Nicole Trust (Playwright; Gabby Goldblum) is an actress, writer and singer originally from Long Island. Her favorite role to date is Donna in The Dreamer Examines His Pillow. In addition to BT: MASTER OF RETURN, Elyssa has written a children’s book and Starting Note Webseries. She’s presently working on the libretto for a new musical. Elyssa would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who had been a part of the play in all stages of the process thus far. “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.” IG: @benjithemaltipoet (daily puppy poetry!) www.elyssanicoletrust.com
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.