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Golden Roads: A New Musical About Golda Meir in 2 Acts

Book & Lyrics by Sharon Lesley     Music by David Ohrenstein

The Building of “Golden Roads” in Israel was an idea that came to fruition under the leadership of Prime Minister Golda Meir. She did not want ugly pavement to mark up the landscape of Israel so she decided that they should be made beautifully; with trees, flowers- everything possible that enhances.  Roads had to have an aesthetic appeal in this new, but yet old country.  The choice of this new title for the work previously named “Our Golda” and “My Golda” reflects the changes in the script and the journey Golda took to fulfill the dream of making  a homeland for herself and her people where they could live in peace and beauty.

A Musical in Two Acts

Golda with Sheyna as Zion watches. Sharon Lesley, Ellie Pattison, Robby May

Golda with Sheyna as Zion watches.
Sharon Lesley, Ellie Pattison, Robby May

The life of Golda Meir is told as a love story.   Golda hears the call of Zion but she does more than follow her heart’s desire, she helps to build a new nation.  Zion is a nature spirit whose home is an undefinable space in the Middle East.  He develops a special relationship with a young woman named Golda.  We (the audience) see him and hear his words but the characters onstage only sense his presence.  He is her inspiration and guide through the ups and downs of immigrating to Palestine, creating and building the state of Israel, then finding herself elected Prime Minister – all in the search of a way to be “safe in our own home”.  Golda’s loves, deeds, sacrifices and nation saving actions are told through the eyes of the spirit who loves her, Zion.

Sheyna, Golda, and Morris rejoice arriving in A Land To Call Our Own. Ellie Pattison, Sharon Lesley, Robby May

Sheyna, Golda, and Morris rejoice arriving in A Land To Call Our Own.
Ellie Pattison, Sharon Lesley, Robby May

Characters:  

ZION (baritone)  – any age from 30 to 75.  A spirit who captures the heart of Golda.   An undefinable being thousands of years old yet, young forever.

GOLDA  (mezzo -soprano) – from age 16 – 80.  A charismatic woman of courage, boldness of action, and moral strength.  She is the mother of Israel

WOMAN 1 (mezzo) – Sheyna – Golda’s sister; Israeli settler; UN official

WOMAN 2 (mezzo) – Lou Kaddar – Golda’s personal secretary; Israeli settler

MAN 1 (tenor) – Morris Meyerson – Golda’s husband; David- 8 yr. old survivor of holocaust; Simon – Israeli Parliament member; Moshe Dayan -legendary Israeli General and Golda’s Minister of Defense;  Israeli official

MAN 2 (baritone) – David Remez – Golda’s lover; Palestine settler;  DP refugee;  David Ben-Gurion – father of Israel & Prime Minister; David Elazar – Golda’s Chief of Staff

 

We are looking for angels and/or sponsors to place this show on a stage. Without the help of benefactors, composers like Tchaikovsky and Debussy would be hardly known today. Both were backed by the wealthy widow, Nadezhda  von Meck. Her generosity allowed both composers to flourish and  blossom. Creative people  are often the least able to come up with their own financing.  It is so important for our civilization to continue this tradition; instead of deriding and depreciating composers and creators. Sharon and I even wrote the orchestration for the ensemble whose shadows can seen at our live performance at the Players Theater in Sarasota, Fl.

Shortly, we will post excerpts from our reading of the play with the music that was recently presented for the Sarasota Area Playwrights.  Composer David will be at the piano; and writer/lyricist Sharon Lesley Ohrenstein will read and sing Golda’s part. Roy Johns plays Zion and Barron Garriot plays Morris,  Golda’s husband. Other actors play multiple parts.

 

 

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