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Golda's Balcony
The Play
Cast and Crew
Historical Background

Tovah Feldshuh's Tony-Nominated, Drama Desk
and Lucille Lortel Award-winning performance of

Golda’s Balcony completed its record-setting
15-month run on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre
on Jan. 2, 2005.

The show was the longest running

one-woman show in Broadway history.

This biographical drama is an intimate look
at the woman who, after a lifetime of public service,
came out of retirement at age 70 to become Israel's
fourth Prime Minister. Tony® Award-winning
playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker,
Two for the Seesaw
) spent eight months with Golda Meir
in 1977. The text of Golda's Balcony is largely
derived from his conversations with her.

Contemporary audiences will inevitably draw parallels between the current situation in the Mideast and Meir’s Israel of 1973, when she agonized over the decision of whether to employ Israel’s nuclear arsenal during the Yom Kippur War.

Thirty years later, as the region teeters on the brink of war once again, Golda's Balcony may be one of the few plays of the season that tackles head-on the subject of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Audiences will also find, in her unflinchingly pro-Israel stance, an articulate – if unmitigated – point of view from one side of the tragedy.

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