Capture the Moon


Ernest Joselovitz & Harry Michael Bagdasian

Published by Dramatic Publishing

4 Male 2 Female

Capture the Moon, is a lighthearted play for 4- to 11-year-olds, based on the traditional Yiddish tales of Chelm, which is portrayed as a mythical Eastern European shtetl

Its people being awfully poor and very devout, are thoroughly democratic (just about anything could justify a town meeting), and have a uniquely innocent way of thinking and acting

The play spotlights this poor village's humorous attempt to solve a streetlighting problem by capturing the moon and harnessing moonlight

The failure of the first attempt (to capture and store the moonlight in a barrel of water) forces them to seek the help of the neighboring Christian village to climb their church steeple (almost) up to the moon

With their neighbors' cooperation, the Chelmites then must journey through the surrounding Christian countryside in search of the moon at its lowest point on the horizon

On this journey, they become aware of their "differentness," and they are finally appreciated for it

Capture the Moon offers, in children's terms, interesting elements of Jewish history. More than that, though, it is a play about a common devoutness that encourages mutual respect, respect for different ways of thinking and imagining

"Take your kids to Capture the Moon. They'll laugh, they'll learn...they'll love it!" ~ WAMU-FM Washington, D.C.

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