The play is an examination of the orphan adoption crisis between Russia and the US. Much more than that however, I wanted to explore the nature of charity and kindness in this world. As such, the central theme works as a prism to look at the infinite complexity of human beings trying damn hard, and all too often failing damn hard to help other human beings.
I was inspired by a great many things: Brecht, That Poor Dream, Dickens, Tolstoy, Putin, etc. This is a labor of love, and springs from my continuing struggle with this issue in my life. I’ve no idea what happens next after this reading (if you have ideas, I’m all ears), but for now I am just plain excited and nervous for the opportunity to get it out there, and I would also be incredibly and sincerely grateful to any who could come see it, and share their thoughts about it. Please do come if you can.
There is a suggested donation of $5 for Dutchkills Theater Company, and there will also be beer, and wine, and cookies.
For a little bit of a glimpse into the world of the play, here’s a website I made for it: motimargolin.com/thelastshallbefirst
I’m also grateful to Michael Piazza, fellow thespian and kindred spirit, who has agreed to direct, and to the AMAZING actors who have signed up to lend their time, energy, and talent. These folk are the genuine article: Alley Scott, Brad Makarowski, Emily Perkins-Margolin, Jean Ann Douglass, Kevin Sebastian, Laura Pruden, Moti Margolin, Rob Brink, Sarah Arikain, Terrell Wheeler.
And finally I’m grateful to the same Alley Scott of Dutchkills Theater Company for the invitation to be part of the Looseleaf Reading Series. The line up of playwrights this year is nothing short of gangbusters: Kate Benson, Jean Ann Douglass, Anna Elliot, Krista Knight, Richard Lovejoy, Erin Mallon, Moti Margolin, Alexandra Silber and Christian Toth. If you have time, check out their work. I doubt that you’ll be disapointed!