Chronicling one wrenching year in the life of a family during the depths of the Great Depression, Cilfford Odets’ classic Awake and Sing! has just opened in repertory at Glendale’s A Noise Within.
Awake and Sing! is set among the economic ravages of 1930s New York that threaten to destroy the tenuous ties that bind the Berger family. To keep the struggling clan intact, matriarch Bessie Berger is willing to crush her children’s dreams, but the irrepressible spirit of youth refuses to be extinguished in gifted social dramatist Odets’ ode to the American character.
Veteran actor Len Lesser (Seinfeld‘s Uncle Leo) takes the stage as Jacob alongside ANW resident artists Deborah Strang (Bessie Berger) and Joel Swetow (Myron Berger); the play also features Alan Blumenfeld (Uncle Morty), Molly Leland (Hennie Berger), David Lengel (Sam Feinschreiber), Daniel Reichert (Moe Axelrod), Adam Silver (Ralph Berger) and Alan Waserman (Schlosser). Directed by Andrew J. Traister.
Awake and Sing!
Sun. March 21 through Sun. May 23
A Noise Within
234 S. Brand Blvd., Glendale
Tickets $44 & $40
818.240.0910 ext. 1, ANoiseWithin.org