Chaim's Love Song (2005)
Why did we choose this play?
Marvin Chernoff is a retired Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of California at Northridge. Theatre and playwriting were always an interest and even prior to his retirement, he wrote plays from a Jewish perspective. Since retiring, playwriting has become his full time occupation. An interesting aside -Marvin and Audrey were fellow graduate students in Speech Pathology at the University of Iowa who kept in contact for several years after leaving Iowa and then lost touch until almost 40 years later. This meeting coincided with the founding of the Jewish Theatre of Bloomington. "When he sent me a copy of Chaim's Love Song, we knew we had our first production," said Audrey.
Chaim's Love Song by Marvin Chernoff is a dramatic, heartwarming comedy about Chaim, an older Jewish man and Kelly. a young Gentile woman who meet on a park bench in Brooklyn and become friends as they both search for meaning in a difficult world. The two exchange their stories that involve memory scenes in which Chaim, (Richard Perez). introduces Kelly to Tzawrah his wife and Holocaust survivor. his funny, philosophical best friend. Oscar, and his adult children. Hilarious moments are provided by a Yiddish matchmaker the stage manager in a Yiddish theatre.