Winner! 2012 Charles M. Getchell New Play Award
By Beth Kander
Sara is wisecracking, single, broke, and secular. Neshama is serious, married, infertile, and Orthodox. When fate, God, and Sara's Episcopalian roommate bring these two Jewish women together, each must question what really matters, what they really want—and what they're willing to do to get it. As Sara considers donating her eggs, and Neshama ponders accepting them, both women find themselves unexpectedly scrambled.
Sara Reuben and Margie Snyder, old friends and longtime are discussing their lives. We learn that Margie is having a very stressful time at work. She is a lawyer and she has been working hard so that she might make partner of the firm one day. Sara, on the other hand, has been out of work for two months now. Margie has a ring on her finger and is trying to get her best friend to notice it. After a while, she gives up and just tells Sara that she is engaged. Her boyfriend, John, popped the question the night before! Sara is thrilled for Margie and insists they celebrate.
Margie remembers something she clipped out of her alumni magazine to give to Sara. It is an advertisement: A wealthy Jewish couple is looking for a smart, healthy, Jewish women to donate her eggs. They say that they will give fifty thousand dollars in return. Margie suggests that Sara think about it, the money could help her to go back to school, or at least give her some financial stability. Sara is really taken aback, and asks not to talk about it anymore.
The next weekend in the kitchen of the Reuben home; Sara’s mother, Janice, and her Grandmother, “Bubbe,” are talking. As usual, Bubbe is nagging Janice about whether or not the food she is cooking is kosher. Janice assures her that it is. Then, Sara enters and is greeted warmly. It is Sara’s birthday and her mom has been cooking for her.
The next day, back at their apartment Margie is looking through a huge stack of bridal magazines. As the girls go through the magazines Margie encourages Sara to consider donating once again. Sara thinks that it is risky and isn’t sure.
Three months later, Neshama; an orthodox Jewish women in need of an egg donor, and Sara are sitting in a coffee shop. This is the first time the two of them have met. Sara has gone through the application process for giving her eggs to Neshama. Sara is taken aback by how religious Neshama is. Neshama, similarly, is uneasy with Sara’s more liberal views. After Sara reveals that her mother converted into the faith, things get tense. Neshama questions whether Sara is really Jewish.
Sara goes home and explains what happened to Margie. She gets a phone call from her mother… her father has had a heart attack and has died.
Janice, Sara and Bubbe are in the family’s kitchen. They have just been at the funeral and are now waiting for guests to arrive. After a bit Nashama Gottlieb enters and gives her condolences to Bubbe, whom she apparently knows from temple. Sara is really put on her toes, but Nashama leaves without revealing anything.
One month later, Margie and Sara are in their apartment surrounded by boxes. They are preparing to move. Sara is going to move in with her mother and grandmother until she goes to school. She has decided that she wants to be a teacher and is going to graduate school.
Later that week, Sara meets Nashama again in the coffee shop. Nashama tells Sara that she has changed her mind and would consider her as a donor. She does request that Sara go into the mikveh before. Sara is still unsure but tells Nashama that she will think about it.
Sara delivers a monologue about fate. At the end we are aware that it is her maid of honor speech for Margie’s wedding. She lifts her glass and prays as the play ends.