SARATOGA SPRINGS – Congregation Shaara Tfille and The Jewish Community Center of Saratoga Springs will host a bus trip, open to all, to the Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre in Lenox, Mass. to see Shakespeare & Company’s “Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues,” followed by a talkback after the performance. The Sunday, Oct. 23, bus trip will depart at 11 a.m. and return is expected at approximately at 6 p.m. in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods at the Wilton Mall. Arrangements may be made to pick up those interested from the Albany area. 

A detail from a poster for the Shakespeare & Company’s “Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues.”

“Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues,” written by Charles Smith and directed by Raz Golden was developed by American Blues Theatre Company in Chicago in 1987 and the HBO new writers workshop in 1984. It tells the story of a young African American boy and an old Jewish man who are thrown together. The two form an unusual friendship when they discover through stories and music that they have much in common. “Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues,” according to trip organizers, illustrates how basic needs and human emotions transcend the barriers of race, religion and age. 

Director Ian Wolfgang Hinz shared this assessment of the play, “An exploration of prejudice and humanism…asks us to confront our human capacity for seeing the ‘content of character’ present in all of us.”

The cost is $36 per person, which includes snacks on the bus and entrance to the play. All participants must show proof of COVID vaccinations. Masks on the bus and in the theatre are optional.  Barbara Opitz at 518-428-2703, or [email protected] can provide details and reservations