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Catch the Mah Jong Beat! in Development

A short play about the game of Mah Jong is being developed into a full-length play.

New York, NY, August 28, 2016 --( Mah Jong Play in Development Into Full Length

Catch the Mah Jong Beat! Captures Housewives’ Lives in the 1950s, By Susan Shafer

Catch the Mah Jong Beat!, a one-act dance/play, which was performed this week at Manhattan Repertory Theatre in Times Square, is being developed into a full-length theatrical performance.

Set in a Catskills bungalow colony in the 1950s, Catch the Mah Jong Beat! features Lily’s recollection of a significant Mah Jong game her mother played with her friends—Pearl, Millie, and Flo—years ago.

As the women argue over a Mah Jong rule, they break out into dance and movement. Using voices, elbows, hands, tiles, and racks, the actors build in rhythm and tempo as they move to Golden Oldies music.

Says playwright Shafer, “I got interested in the game of Mah Jong late in life. But I found out what other women have known for years. It's a great way to make new friends." Adds Shafer: “I’m a lousy player. I wish my mother were alive to teach me some of her strategies.”

This is playwright Shafer’s first iteration of the story. As a result of audience enthusiasm at Manhattan Rep, and the uniqueness of the topic, Shafer will expand on the stories told by the four characters Lily, Flo, Pearl, and Millie as we learn more about their friendships, families, joys, and woes.

Told through monologues, with frequent interjection by the other characters, the longer play will include scenes such as “The Dragon Tiles Come Alive: Pearl’s Nightmare” and “Murray Interrupts Us in His Underwear.”

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Contact: Susan Shafer Email: Tel: (917) 710-7633 cell.
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