11th cycle
YEAR: 2022

Madeleines

Bess Welden
Spiced with poetry, Yiddish, and Spanish, MADELEINES is about a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through shared grief and the solace of baking.
CITY: New York
CAST:3W
"We are THRILLED to welcome Bess back to the JPP with this truly touching play."
- David Winitsky

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY:

2020 HBMG Foundation National Winter Playwrights Retreat - Grand Lake, CO
2020 Company One Theatre's PlayLab Unit - Boston, MA

JPP DEVELOPMENT:

National Jewish Playwriting Contest, JCC Manhattan Readings

REGIONAL CONTEST WINS:

Hartford (Charter Oak Cultural Center), Fairfax, VA (Pozez JCC of Northern Virginia), Israel (American Israel Friendship League)

Debra, a struggling food writer, has returned to her childhood home in Ohio’s rust belt to care for her declining mother Rose, an exacting cookie baker. When Jennifer, Debra’s very successful older sister, arrives for Rose’s funeral, shared memories and old sibling grievances boil to the surface. As the sisters confront their loss, a startling secret about their mother’s most-treasured Passover recipe emerges, which changes everything they thought they knew about their family. Three years later Debra returns triumphant to New York promoting her newly published cookbook-memoir to find Jennifer in a treacherous downward spiral. Spiced with poetry and smatterings of Yiddish and Spanish, MADELEINES tells the story of a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through haunted pasts, shared grief, and the solace of baking together.

Debra, a struggling food writer, has returned to her childhood home in Ohio’s rust belt to care for her declining mother Rose, an exacting cookie baker. When Jennifer, Debra’s very successful older sister, arrives for Rose’s funeral, shared memories and old sibling grievances boil to the surface. As the sisters confront their loss, a startling secret about their mother’s most-treasured Passover recipe emerges, which changes everything they thought they knew about their family. Three years later Debra returns triumphant to New York promoting her newly published cookbook-memoir to find Jennifer in a treacherous downward spiral. Spiced with poetry and smatterings of Yiddish and Spanish, MADELEINES tells the story of a family of Jewish women grappling with how to love each other through haunted pasts, shared grief, and the solace of baking together.