Book and Lyrics by Sharon Lesley Music by David Ohrenstein
A Musical in Two Acts
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.
My Golda is the rewrite of Our Golda – a musical commissioned by the Sarasota Jewish Theater and performed in 2001 with a cast of 16. The rewritten My Golda as a love story with Zion was first performed in Three Queens with three characters. The reaction was so positive that this 35 minute musical was enlarged to full length with a cast of 6. My Golda had a workshop reading in 2014 with the Sarasota Area Playwrights.
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