The Last Night of Ballyhoo
May 21st - May 22nd• 6:30pm - 8:30pm
at the Cleveland County Arts Council
Directed by Josie Gold
ADOLPH FREITAG (male, 40s-50s) Described as a “pillar of the business community” with a “soft body, hard mind.” A southern gentleman with little connection to his Jewish heritage. Avuncular, generous and patient from years of accommodating his family.
BOO LEVY (female, 40s-50s) Adolph’s older sister, Lala’s mother, Sunny’s aunt. A serious, forceful woman with Old South priorities such as marrying off her daughter to a man of proper stock. A tough nut to crack.
REBA FREITAG (female, 40s-50s) Adolph’s sister-in-law, Lala’s aunt, Sunny’s mother. Described as “a pretty, vague woman, not quite in synch with everybody else.” Reba is good-natured and well-intentioned if sometimes off in her own little world.
LALA LEVY (female, 20s) Described as “an unsure, awkward young woman” with a “slightly desperate air about her.” A breathless daydreamer with more than her share of naiveté.
SUNNY FRIETAG (female, 20s) Described as “attractive” and “reserved.” A bright college student who, in contrast to Lala, evinces a poised maturity. Her cautious romantic involvement with Joe creates the trigger for the whole family’s reevaluation of their priorities.
JOE FARKAS (male, 20s) Described as a “vigorous young man” with a New York accent. Bright and articulate with an earthy street-smarts hired by Adolph. The “wrong” kind of Jew for class-conscious Boo, Joe’s determined attempts to get through to Sunny ultimate shake up the whole family.
PEACHY WEIL (male, 20s) Described as “self-important,” from one of Lousiana’s “best” Jewish families. Boo’s preferred choice of matches for Lala, who hangs breathlessly on Peachy’s every bombastic, arrogant word.
ABOUT THE SHOW
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, in December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Freitag family: bachelor Adolph, his widowed sister, Beulah (Boo) Levy, and their also widowed sister-in-law, Reba. Boo is determined to have her awkward, unpopular daughter, Lala, attend Ballyhoo, believing it will be Lala's last chance to find a socially acceptable husband. Adolph brings his new assistant, Joe Farkas, home for dinner. Joe is Brooklyn born and bred, and furthermore is of Eastern European heritage—several social rungs below the Freitags, in Beulah's opinion. Will Sunny and Joe avoid the land mines of prejudice that stand in their way? Will Lala ever get to Ballyhoo? The family gets pulled apart and then mended, with plenty of comedy, romance and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play.
June 29 & 30, and July 6 & 7 at 7:30 pm and July 1 & 8 at 2:30 pm
The show will be performed in the Intimate Theatre at Malcolm Brown Auditorium