The Last Jews
An Apocalyptic Comedy
[Playwright] Larry Jay Tish is making a career of wielding wit to battle the dark side of humanity.
- Boston Globe
"Small Theater, Best New Play"
Independent Reviewers of New England
Haman, Ferdinand and Hitler tried.
Survival now depends on rekindling the romance of a long-estranged couple who can’t stand the sight of each other. The story of good intentions gone awry, and a people who – once again – could be a ‘New York minute’ away from joining the egg cream and the Alabama Beach Mouse.
Their wild ride exemplifies how Jews have always found humor even in the most dire circumstances.
As hate, antisemitism and an unwarranted “fear of the other” gains momentum, we must remain diligent in our awareness that human history can repeat itself, even in its darkest and most barbaric forms. What can we do to combat this?
'The Last Jews' uses history, humor and drama to stanch the rising temperature of hatred. We believe that theater and comedy can open doorways to understanding, empathy and even love. Now is the time to bring this funny, thought-provoking and meaningful play to your synagogue or JCC.
We also offer a theatrical staged reading of this play at a reduced cost! Bring the laughter, drama and message of The Last Jews to your community today. NOTE: All plays are available to be independently produced.
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Message from Playwright Larry Jay Tish
"Morty," The Last Jews
"Gus" and "Gert," The Last Jews
Acclaim For "The Last Jews"
Rabbi Eric Gurvis
“The Last Jews asks deep existential questions that cut right to the heart of the questions that we as an American Jewish community are asking ourselves all over the place, all the time.”
Steffi Aronson Karp
“I’m still laughing! Just hysterical night—exactly what the doctor ordered for every Jew in town!”
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A Hilarious Hybrid of Mel Brooks and Ionesco!
-The Jewish Advocate
About "The Last Jews"
The last two Jews left are an estranged couple that despise one another. If they don’t make up and procreate… the Jews are extinct.
The survival of the Jews depends on a couple (well into their AARP years) who can’t stand the sight of each other, and haven’t spoken since their acrimonious divorce 20 years earlier. In the midst of trying to escape from their well-intentioned kidnappers – and each other – they discover that love can die, but can’t be destroyed.
Their poignant tale and wild ride exemplifies how Jews – along with African-Americans, Irish, Italians, Armenians – have always found humor even in the most dire circumstances. Jews are certainly not the only people who know how to spell the word diaspora.
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Larry Jay Tish
Larry Jay Tish is the co-creator/co-performer of the award winning and critically acclaimed touring social justice comedy, The Black-Jew Dialogues. The Boston Globe calls Dialogues a play that, “gets to the heart of what divides people.” The Black-Jew Dialogues has had over 500 performances throughout the US, Canada, and the UK at colleges, high schools, synagogues, Jewish community centers and theaters.
Larry wrote and starred in the two-man play, The Break-Up of Cause and Effect, which premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The Break-Up of C&E will be developed further in the spring of 2015 by the Commedia dell’Arte inspired Momentum Theatre Troupe. It will be presented as part of their Summer 2015 repertoire.
His first one-man show, Everything Hurts, was a critical success. (If you want to be critical…) His mother’s phone call on his 49th birthday – to tell him that he never should have been born – serves as the inspiration for his second solo show, Happy Birthday First Born Son (and inspired several therapy sessions, as well).
In addition to his many acting credits, Larry has worked as a copywriter, and short story, TV, and travel writer. He was the co-creator/co-writer/co-star with Jeff Vachon of the Boston cable TV sketch comedy program Under The Nut, which had a cult following at Boston area colleges. He also has written videos and skits for corporate clients. He once nearly lost his mind studying pictures of hundreds of FTD floral arrangements and writing colorful catalogue descriptions for each one.
Larry is a proud member of the Dramatists Guild of America.
"I would swear Larry David, not Larry Jay Tish, was the author." (More)
- Boston Arts Review
"tackles humanity at its most inhumane with 'The Last Jews: An Apocalyptic Comedy'" (More)
- The Boston Globe
"Picture this: a secret bunker in North Dakota sometime in the future.
Inside are the last two Jews on earth, a sixty-something couple unwittingly reunited decades about their bitter divorce." (More)
- The Jewish Journal