A Strange and Separate People
THE STORY: A young Manhattan couple finds their world shaken when a gay doctor’s passion for his new religious beliefs challenges theirs and questions the meaning of love. Jon Marans brings us this emotionally rich, contemporary story of betrayal and new beginnings.
“A contemporary companion piece to The Temperamentals, this engrossing three-character drama addresses the struggle for many to accept their homosexuality while adhering to their religious beliefs, in this case those of Orthodox Judaism…The play explores intriguing questions and yields affecting observations as it considers the courage required to make waves in any environment, from the synagogue to the New York State Legislature…Mr. Marans has a superb eye and ear for emotional complexity, for the little details of couplehood and for the inner lives of human beings trying to work through major life challenges."—NY Times. “A brilliant and insightful play about the intersection of God’s law and man’s love. A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE is rich in drama and Jewish tradition. The title comes from comments supposedly made by the late Queen mother, who said she liked the Jews 'very much, but they were a separate people and a strange people'—perhaps in more ways than she ever expected.” —Forward.