Thursday, June 10, 2021

Ma'ayanot Drama Society/Black Box Studios Presents THE BALLAD OF THE SAD CAFE at Black Box PAC Englewood

The Ma'ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls' Drama Society, in ongoing partnership with Black Box Studios and The Black Box Performing Arts Center, presents 

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe
adapted by Edward Albee from the novella by Carson McCulllers,
in special arrangement with the Dramatics Play Service, Inc. 

WHEN: Sunday, June 13th; 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm; Monday, June 14th; 8:00 pm; and Tuesday June 15th; 8:00 pm 
The Black Box Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ
$15.00 (general admission), and should be purchased in advance at
Masks remain required for all audience members. For further information, please contact or call (201) 569-2070.

Last summer, during the height of COVID-19 in 2020, these unshakable students gave the performance of a lifetime with their outdoor, completely socially distanced production of Blue Stockings by Jessica Swale. They performed in the parking lot of Ma'ayanot in Teaneck in early July. 

This year, they are back and better than ever, ready to present their rendition of the classic Albee/McCuller's Southern Gothic in a professional theater while continuing to follow the appropriate safety guidelines to protect the health of the audience and performers.

“Even though we were able to successfully put on a fully socially-distanced play last June, we had no idea what this year would bring and if we would be as lucky the second time around... Succeeding in presenting our show was a huge priority for us, and through incredibly flexible scheduling and changing rehearsal times, as well as through teamwork and motivation, we have been able to make it happen. We are so incredibly excited to see our hard work pay off, and we can’t wait for our audiences to see it as well!!!”- Meira Shapiro, Tech Director, ‘21

The play follows the tale of Miss Amelia Evans’ unique cafe and the 'drama' that revolves around its inception. When Amelia’s one-of-a-kind Cousin Lymon unexpectedly arrives, a group of colorful townspeople gather to relive the story of Amelia’s darkest secret-- her past love life. Set in small Georgian town in the early 20th century, The Ballad of the Sad Cafe leaves the audience on the edge of their seat as they embark on a journey of past and present to reveal the true story of Miss Amelia Evans. 

"Once again, the Ma'ayanot Drama Society outdoes itself, with an entire end-of-COVID production that was chosen, cast, rehearsed, produced, ultimately presented by these remarkable young artists," explains Director Matt Okin. "Everyone at Black Box considers this group as the prime example of our ongoing collaborative theater work with teens."

The Ballad of the Sad Cafe is directed by Matt Okin, Naomi Honikman (Junior) and Meira Shapiro (Senior). The cast and crew includes Mya Baitz, Tzipora Bargad, Noa Beov, Miriam Blech, Naava Bodek, Tamar Bruk, Naama Dovidovics, Elisheva Elbaz, Dina Halberstam, Chani Kaminetzky, Maytal Kessler, Ayala Kramer, Ilana Loskove, Shani Machlis, Chavi Major, Ariana Meyers, Racheli Miller, Kaylie Schwartz, Kayla-Rachel Singer, Ateret Tollinsky, Talia Wallach, Sonia Weiner, and Devory Weiss. They look forward to performing on:

Rehearsal photos credit: Elisheva Elbaz