‘And then he kicked me…
…told me Hitler was right…
…smacked me with the chain and called me a dirty fucking Jew.’
Jesse is paranoid and frightened, and it’s messing up his relationship, his job, his daughter and his life. But Jesse has every reason to be frightened, increasingly feeling the sting of rising prejudice in every part of his life.
Stephen Laughton’s play One Jewish Boy explores key moments over a four-year relationship between a nice Jewish boy from North London and the nice, not-so-Jewish woman with whom he falls desperately in love.
With the shadow of hatred festering at its core, One Jewish Boy is a bittersweet comedy fuelled by rising anti-Semitism. It premiered at the Old Red Lion Theatre, London, in 2018. This edition also includes the short play Three.
‘Moving… shows how race, gender, class, culture, and, perhaps most importantly, fear, impact on the characters’ lives’
— The Stage
‘Does what good theatre should do – it begs questions and provokes thought which linger in the mind long after… provocative, urgent and powerful’
— Attitude Magazine
‘The writing is sharp, with timely references to pop culture and millennial angst, with smartly-observed and funny discussions of white privilege, left-wing politics, Israel, and arguments over who had it worse… necessary viewing’
— Everything Theatre
‘Wonderful and brilliantly written’
— Exeunt Magazine