“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
Goldberg Street by David Mamet(1985)
The Plain Facts
- Length:Three Pages
- Genre:Theater Production (first aired in 1985 at WNUR Radio in Chicago on March 4, 1985).
- Man (Originally played by Mike Nussbaum)
- Daughter (Susan Nussbaum)
So, what's It About Man?
A father's remembrance brings his daughter closer to his lines.
First WordsGoldberg Street. Because they didn't have it. They had Smith Street-they had Rybka Street. There was no Goldberg Street. You can keep your distance and it's fine. If a man is secluded than he feels superior. Or rage. But where's the good in that?
Final WordsThey sent me for a joke. Because I could read the compass. I was glad to go. I knew they thought me ludicrous. Our shame is that we feel they're right. (Pause)I have... no desire to go to Israel. (Pause)But I went to France.
Literary ReviewDavid Mamet examines the roll of being a jew amidst gentiles and nails it here. Its not that we want to be strange, it is that we are strangers in a land not of our own making, and one where at any time someone can attack us for being the JEW. As Shakespeare said:
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as
a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison
us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not
revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will
resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian,
what is his humility? Revenge. If a Christian
wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by
Christian example? Why, revenge. The villany you
teach me, I will execute, and it shall go hard but I
will better the instruction.
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