Cast of Characters
Bagels! has a minimum of fourteen characters, which when doubled, can be played by a cast of 5 men/4 women.
The Whole Schmear
Izzy Kaplan - Early 60's, a baker
Sylvie - 20's-40’s, countergirl at bakery
Hoxie - Late 20's-40’s, junior baker
Ronny Kaplan - Late 20's, Izzy’s son
Lena Kaplan - Late 20's, Ronny’s wife
Frieda – Early 60’s, Lena’s mother
Esther Kaplan - Izzy's wife
Howard – mid to late 30’s, Ronny’s cousin from Vancouver
Delores – late 20's to late 30's, Howard’s wife
Milt Klotz – Owner of Klotz’s bakery; Frieda’s brother
Sherman - early 60's, bagel baker (ovenman)
Lloyd - 30's - bagel baker (kettleman), Sherman’s son
Lenny - 30's - bagel baker (roller), Sherman’s son
Eddie - Early 20's - bagel baker (roller) Sherman's grandson
Various bakery customers and bakery owners
There are two general locations in Bagels!
In Los Angeles: Himmelman's bakery, Izzy's home, Ronny's home
Back East: Back of Klotz's bakery, outside the bakery, Milt's office
Street area outside of several bakeries, area just outside of Gellner's Bagel Bakery
Depending on the requirements of the theatre, the band could consist of a minimum of four pieces; piano, bass, drums, and accordian, or ideally, seven pieces, with an added clarinet, violin, and trombone.
Bagels! was a produced as a developmental workshop by John Sparks and the 4 x 10 Ensemble. It was also invited to be part of the STAGES festival which took place in both North Hollywood and Anaheim, California, in August 2015. Director: John Henry Davis. Musical Director: Emily Cohn. Choreographer: Palmer Davis. Stage Manager: Pat Loeb. Assistant Director: Kaitlin Kelly. Cast: Emerson Boatwright (Eddie), Eileen Mary Butler (Esther Kaplan), Jeff Scot Carey (Lenny), Cat Davis (Silvie), Ali Deyer (Ensemble), Joshua Finkel (Howard Kaplan), Jerry Hoffman (Izzy Kaplan), Lori Ada Jaroslow (Frieda), Pat Loeb (Ensemble), Mark Lopez (Lloyd), Hallie Mayer (Lena Kaplan), Mindy Montavon (Delores), Stanton Morales (Ronny Kaplan), Rehyan Rivera (Hoxie), Robert Towers (Sherman), and Richard Lewis Warren (Milt Klotz).