Great play, odd title: Go see ‘Sonja Weissman’ |

Great play, odd title: Go see ‘Sonja Weissman’

As a director, I avoid commenting on other productions. It sort of isn’t fair. Directors are often the most critical audience members. Buuuuuut, I had the unique pleasure of attending a show, and I wanted to urge you wholeheartedly to attend.

So here’s the basic gist. It’s a play about what happens when a new girl shows up to an Episcopal boarding school that is already full of misfit toys. It’s called, “Sonja Weissman and the Miracle Play.” That’s one of the reasons I want to tell you about it.

I think some potential patrons will be discouraged from going because the title isn’t particularly accessible. People might find themselves asking, “Who the heck is Sonja Weissman, and what is the miracle play?”

Folks, please don’t let the title keep you away. This piece is an amazing feat by a really stellar team. You’ll meet young Sonja. And the miracle play is nothing less than the story of Jesus’ birth. But this is far from the tired old Christmas story, and it isn’t told from a Christian perspective. Rather it is a story that radiates the love the master teacher inspires.

This piece has an all-female cast. Every character is really well wrought and masterfully performed — and that’s saying something with a cast that includes nine young people! It was written right here in Nevada County by playwright Robin Wallace. It is produced by longtime local theater goddess Sandra Rockman. And it is wonderfully directed by Dinah Smith.

It isn’t often that Nevada County producers present original works. This piece is worthy of the world stage. Go see it for its fresh faces, its detailed performances, its new-to-you Christmas carols and panoply of performances that will make you feel all warm inside. It’s an instant holiday classic! This piece has some serious polish. Go see it. You’ll again be proud that you live in Nevada County. And you’ll be richer for the experience.

Scott Ewing is the artistic director for Quest Theaterworks, currently on hiatus. He also encourages you to see another original work on right now, LeGacy’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol” written by local Jeffrey Mason.

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