Queen Esther’s Dilemma, The Musical
Queen Esther's Dilemma, a musical by Samuel J. Bernstein, is inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther. This original musical play blends humor with anguish, tragedy with triumph, while exploring Jewish identity in all its complexities.
In Queen Esther's Dilemma, inspired by the Biblical Book of Esther, a contemporary Purim Party is interwoven with the principal features of the traditional Purim story. The party includes Purim games; dancing; singing; and, of course, the drinking of many cups of wine. The Biblical narrative recounts the efforts of Haman, an evil Persian, to annihilate the Jews, and the actions of Queen Esther; Mordechai, her cousin; and King Ahasuerus, the King of Persia, to counteract the machinations of Haman. In this theatrical rendering, Esther faces various difficult ethical problems as she strives to be a woman loyal to the interests of the Jews, as interpreted by Mordechai, and yet a person with strong pacifistic inclinations.
CAST: Amanda Martinez (Queen Esther), David Serero (Ahasuerus, King of Persia), Mark Singer (Mordecai), Christopher Romero Wilson (Haman), Christian Sineath (Zeresh / Barnia), Rachel Duval (Queen Vashti / Hatach), Stefan Miller (Teresh / Farbad / Prince), Benjamin Culpepper (Bigthana / Hegai), Maxwell Porterfield (Atash), Shawn Chang (Piano), Abby Swidler (Violin), Juan Herrera (Drums & Percussions). Directed and produced by David Serero.
Presented by: the American Sephardi Federation