A Yellow Light


HANNAH PEARLMAN, the only child of BEN and KATHERINE, comes home to tell her parents that she’s marrying a wonderful man. The only problem is, this wonderful man is the son of a Nazi, and her father is a Holocaust survivor. The play follows the family through time and memory as they come to grips with Hannah’s news, Katherine’s alcoholism, and Ben’s philandering. History’s shadow is personified in the play’s fourth character, KA-TZETNIK 15803, the gaunt and exhausted concentration camp slave Ben was when he was twenty and in Auschwitz at the war’s end.


A YELLOW LIGHT was produced by the Provincetown Theatre Company in the spring of 2005. Rob Phelps reviewed the play for the Provincetown Banner and gave it high praise.

“…moments of breathless lyricism…”
“…laughter comes as a welcome antidote to the tough material.”

Rob Phelps May 5, 2005 review in the Provincetown Banner, “Shining a light into dark corners.”

In addition to the Provincetown Theatre Company 2005 production, A YELLOW LIGHT has
also received the following:

  • Staged reading, Temple Israel, New Rochelle, NY, May 22, 2006
  • Staged reading, Bendheim Performing Arts Center of the Jewish Community Center of Mid-Westchester, Scarsdale, NY, November 11 & 12, 2005
  • Encore staged reading for the Provincetown Theatre Company’s Spring Playwrights’ Festival, April, 2004
  • Staged reading, produced by the Provincetown Theatre Company as part of the Provincetown Fall Arts Festival, September, 2001

If you'd like to read A YELLOW LIGHT, please download the PDF here.  If you wish to perform the play, please contact me for permission and royalty information.