Project Description

The Assembled Parties

By RICHARD GREENBERG

Boyd-Quinson Mainstage

The Assembled Parties introduces us to the Bascovs, an Upper West Side Jewish family in 1980. Former movie star Julie Bascov and her sister-in-law Faye bring their families together for their traditional holiday dinner. Twenty years later, the Bascovs’ seemingly picture-perfect life may be about to crumble. A stunning play infused with humor, The Assembled Parties is an incisive portrait of a family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium — “an often hilarious, bittersweet” play, says Theatermania.

“It’s as if Richard Greenberg had looked at the traditional Jewish family comedy and said ‘Yes-but what else is going on here?’ And AMAZINGLY, the terrible sadness of that ‘what else’ just makes the comedy FUNNIER.”
New York Magazine

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In 1980, the Bascov family gets together to celebrate Christmas. They are Jewish but do not observe their religion. They gather at the Upper West Side (New York) apartment of Julie, a former teen movie star, and her wealthy husband Ben. Also present are their sons Scotty, recently graduated from college, and young Timmy, sick with the flu. Ben’s sister Faye, her husband Mort and their daughter Shelley arrive. Jeff, a school friend of Scotty, is a visitor. Twenty years later, in 2000, the family meets again at Christmas at Julie’s apartment. However, much has changed. Those present are Julie, who has a fatal illness; Faye, now no longer taking medications; and Jeff, returned from a successful law job in Chicago. Tim (no longer Timmy) comes and goes; he has been forced to leave college and works at a restaurant.