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by  Bess Welden

            Winner of 2022 National Jewish Playwriting  Contest


Martha Jacobs*

Kristin Lennox*

Jolene Mentink Moffatt*

*Member of Actor’s Equity

Directed by Francesca Sobrer

May 4, 6,11, 13 at 7:30 P.M.

May 7 at 3:00 P.M.

Waldron’s Rose Firebay

 “Madeleines” is about a family of Jewish women finding ways to love each other through shared grief and the solace of baking. Spiced with poetry, Yiddish and Spanish, “Madeleines” centers on a recipe for the French teacakes, Madeleines. Two sisters, in the wake of their mother’s death, discover a heart-wrenching family secret embedded in the recipe.

Bess Welden (Playwright) won the 2022 National Jewish Playwriting Contest with her play Madeleines. Death Wings, her play with songs, won the 2020 Maine State Prize of the Clauder Competition for New England Playwrights and was recently produced at The Theater Project and Meetinghouse Arts in Maine. A finalist in the 2020 National Jewish Playwriting Contest, her play Refuge Malja premiered at Portland Stage and was nominated for the Blackburn Prize in 2018. Bess was a 2022 Creative Community Fellow with National Arts Strategies, and has been teaching at Colby College since 2010.


Meet the Playwright


Tickets are available in person through the Bloom Box Office at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue.  To purchase tickets online, please use the link below:

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