Esther the Clever Queen
by Congregation Agudas Achim
Mar. 17, 2019
Just in time for the Jewish festival of Purim comes a Gilbert and Sullivan-inspired musical of the Book of Esther. With music selections from Pirates of Penzance, the Mikado, Ruddigore, HMS Pinafore and Princess Ida, the original libretto tells the story of how the lovely Esther and her uncle Mordecai foil the plans for the destruction of the Jews of Persia by the dastardly Haman. Audience members will hear Mordecai assert, “I am the very model of a sage and Jewish patriarch,” and Esther warble, “a frum little maid from shul I be.” Esther’s influence over King Ahashueros is portrayed in full rom-com style that turns serious when the king appoints Haman as the Grand Vizier.
Coming a few days before the megillah reading, the performance provides an opportunity for the entire Austin Jewish community to come together to celebrate. It will also provide outreach to the Austin community, including those who love all things Gilbert & Sullivan and those who love all things biblical.
Performance video via producer Ira Forman
March 17, 2019
7600 Hart Lane
Austin, TX, 78731
The one-night only production takes place at Congregation Agudas Achim on Sunday evening March 17, 2019 at 7 p.m.
The performance will be preceded by a fun-filled Persian-Flavored Wine Fest from 6 – 7 p.m.
The Persian-Flavored Wine Fest will include: Persian Yogurt-Spinach Dip, Pita, Persian Cucumber Bites with Lox and Dill Cream Cheese, Baba Ganoush, Persian fruit tray, Dolmates and Oranges.
Wine will be available for purchase by the glass. BUT you may also buy a $15 “wine pull” ticket to choose from wrapped bottles of domestic and imported wines of $10 value or more! Domestic wines can be opened on site and shared with your friends.
Admission for the production is $36/ticket. Admission for the Persian-Flavored Wine Fest is $25/person.
The show is the brain-child of community member Ira Forman who wrote the libretto and is overseeing the production with professional stage and music directors, Stacey Glazer and Steven Long.
Proceeds from the performance will benefit Congregation Agudas Achim.
Big Megillah: $1,000 donation. Includes 6 priority seats, admission for 6 to the Persian-Flavored Wine Fest, names in the program, and post-performance champagne toasts with the cast, as well as 3 wine-pull raffle tickets
King’s Court: $540 donation. Includes 4 priority seats, admission for 4 to the Persian-Flavored Wine Fest, names in the program, and post-performance champagne toasts with the cast, as well as 3 wine-pull raffle tickets
Shushan Shoo-ins: $360 donation. Includes 2 priority seats, admission for 2 to the Persian-Flavored Wine Fest, names in the program, and post-performance champagne toasts with the cast, as well as 1 wine-pull raffle ticket
Patron of Persia: $90 donation. Includes 1 priority seat, admission for 1 to the Persian-Flavored Wine Fest, names in the program, and post-performance champagne toasts with the cast
Become a sponsor to receive premium seats and have your name/logo publicized. Sponsors can earmark funds to defray costs for those of limited means.