Descendants of the Shoah

Don't Teach Me - I'm Perfect

Melbourne Australia

Descendants of the SHOAH Don't Teach Me - I'm Perfect

Dates: August 3, 4, 6 & 7, 2005.
Time 8pm

St. Martins Youth Arts Centre
28-44 St Martins Lane
South Yarra, Melbourne, Australia

Tickets: on sale at:-
Makor Library
Beth Weizmann Community Centre
306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield
Melbourne Australia

Ticket price:
$30 weeknights, $35 weekend

Don't Teach Me - I'm Perfect is a modern day comedy set in Melbourne, Australia
dealing with the problems facing aging European migrants and their children. It was written by Jack Felman

After successful seasons in both Melbourne and Sydney of his first play “Laugh Till You Cry” – the lighter side of growing up as a child of Holocaust survivors, well known comedy writer Jack Felman returns with his hilarious second play “Don’t Teach Me – I’m Perfect!” – a modern day comedy set in Melbourne, Australia. Following a sellout season in Sydney and Melbourne in 2004, the play is again being performed in Melbourne in August 2005. This time Felman deals with the pathos and at times side-splitting humour of the trials and tribulations of dealing with the problems of ageing parents. Allen, the hapless son desperately tries to cope with and care for his often impossible parents – Mania and Velvel Pszeszekowski - to no avail. The conflict facing children of immigrants is often one of unrealistic and usually unreasonable expectations. With Felman’s sense of humour, his medical background as a GP and as a son of Holocaust survivors, he displays great insight and is able to explore the funny side of life.


Allen Pszeszekowski:

Allen Brostek is a chartered accountant in "real life" and is a veteran performer of comedy. He has often utilised humour as an outlet for his experiences in dealing with the "ups and downs" of growing up in a Holocaust survivor household. He believes that the two plays mirror various experiences of many children of survivors. Allen has been a committee member of the Descendants of the Shoah for over 10 years and is committed to its ideals, especially in teaching tolerance and fighting racism as well as perpetuating the memory of the Holocaust and the lessons of it for mankind. Allen is also on the Executive Committee and Board of Management of the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre as well as being a trustee of the Jewish Holocaust Centre Foundation.

Mania Pszeszekowski:

Lena Fiszman is a professional actress of many years standing and also a founding member of the highly successful comedy cabaret group "The Hot Bagels" which appeared throughout Australia and the US in cabarets and on TV. As a committee member of Descendants of the Shoah for over 10 years and a staff member at the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre, her involvement in this show is a natural progression of her commitment to Holocaust remembrance.

Velvel Pszeszekowski:

Jack Felman is a G.P. who has been writing and performing comedy for over 30 years. He has created the "Booba", the Jewish grandmother who has delighted Melbourne and Sydney audiences over the years with her outspoken views on life and her family. In recent years Jack has created a new character, the "Zaida", - the Jewish grandfather which he has performed in both the first and second of his plays. "Zaida Velvel" is, like Mania, a Holocaust survivor and like the Booba, his character is based on personal experiences, family, friends and patients.

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