In this fun, multicultural, pro-girl, pro-woman retelling of the Purim story, both Esther and Vashti, BFFs since childhood (who knew?), play crucial roles in bringing the traditional tale to an epic, partying, non-violent conclusion! Play is about 40 pages long, and takes about one hour to perform. Family friendly; no cursing, no violence. Occasional jokes--feel free to cut if you don't like any of 'em! ;) See slightly longer synopsis below!
This listing is for a pdf file of the play script, and I'm charging just enough to cover the listing fee; feel free to print out and distribute as many copies as you need/desire, with the proviso that you do give me credit as author, and that you do not charge for the play or make commercial use of it, in accordance with the guidelines of Copyleft: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyleft
Happy Purim (and happy Nowruz, and felíz Cinco de Mayo, and happy Holi, and happy Nanakshahi, and happy Easter...!).
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NOTE: the illustration of the Vashti/Esther flag is not my own, but is by Susan Fischer Weis; to get a cool flag like this for about $5, go to: http://www.haggadahsrus.com/Mayan.htm
Brief Synopsis of the Purimshpil: Two Queens Save the World
The well known, semi-historical story of Purim as told in the biblical Book of Esther, of how Queen Esther of Persia intervened to prevent a massacre of the Jews, is constantly referred back to, parodied, and given a new twist in this play. Esther and Vashti together build a childhood fantasy world of multicultural peace and complex understanding of religious syncretism, only to have their vision be challenged by the realities of kingship, politics, and legal and social barriers. In a series of short scenes, Esther and Vashti grow up as young girls, Zoroastrian/Persian/Iranian and Jewish, together in a Persian town. The two friends each in turn go to Court to wed the king (Xerxes/Ahasuerus), who was historically notorious for his broad approach to empire. The evil advisor Haman tends to quote Hitler, has a penchant for S&M, and tricks the king into killing off the Jews. Esther, with the help of Vashti, her old Yiddish-speaking uncle, and various friends at the palace including her right-hand eunuch, is able to turn the tables on Haman and stop the massacre.
Inspired by feminist re-envisionings of Vashti (e.g. John Brayshaw Kaye and Frances E.W. Harper). The play uses humor and some song to tell its story, which we hear mainly from the perspective of the adopted daughter of Vashti.