by Bess Welden
Winner of 2022 National Jewish Playwriting Contest
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. www.besswelden.com
Meet the Playwright
Francesca Sobrer returns to Bloomington to direct “Madeleines.” Now based in Chicago, she is a prominent figure in the thriving Chicago storytelling scene. Francesca is well known to Bloomington theatre goers as an actor and director and also as the former theatre director at Bloomington North High School. For JTB, she directed the Zoom show, “A Pickle.”
“Madeleines” features well-known Bloomington actor and director, Martha Jacobs cast in a double role. Martha teaches acting in IU’s Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance. She has directed and acted in numerous JTB productions. Most recently, she directed JTB’s outstanding production of “The Wanderers.”
Starring with Martha are prominent Indianapolis actors, Jolene Mentink Moffatt and Kristin Lennox. Jolene can be seen frequently onstage at the Phoenix Theatre. Recently, she appeared in Summit Theatre’s production of “The Convent.” JTB fans will remember her as the troubled Sonia in our production of “Sonia Flew.” Kristin is both, a voice actor and stage actor, who performs in various Indianapolis theatres including Indiana Repertory Theatre.
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