The Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield hosts Broadway actress Tovah Feldshuh in her one-woman show, “Golda’s Balcony" Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.
A Russian exile who grew up in Milwaukee and later raised chickens in a Palestinian kibbutz, Meir (1898-1978) fell in love with politics while in her teens, and then followed her calling down a path of greatness, even when it came at some cost to her health, family and personal life.
It's a role Feldshuh feels she was destined to play.
"It's as if my whole life as an actress has led to this moment," she said.
“Golda’s Balcony”, refers to the two balconies in her life: the one in her apartment, which overlooked Israel's prospering community development, and the one underground in the desert, which overlooked Israel's development for potential community destruction. Audiences will see two sides of Golda's political life: the public, grassroots, kibbutz-ethic Golda, and the Golda who privately oversees the most destructive of man's creations, nuclear weapons.
“Golda's Balcony” opened a sold-out, 16-week off-Broadway run in 2003, then opened Oct. 15, 2003 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it ran for 14 previews and 493 performances, making it the longest-running one-woman show in Broadway history.
Feldshuh has earned four Tony nominations for Best Actress and won four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Obie, the Theatre World Award and the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Actress (for Golda’s Balcony). She earned an Emmy nomination for her role as defense attorney Danielle Melnick on the television show "Law & Order".
For more information or tickets, visit theberman.org, or call the box office at 248-661-1900.
Source: Berman Center for the Performing Arts press release