From the Author:
The Caterers was inspired by an actual incident. In 1977, a group of radical Muslims took 121 people and three buildings hostage in Washington, D.C. to prevent the showing of a movie which they wrongly believed showed the prophet Mohammed on screen. Full of hatred of Jews, they occupied the national headquarters of B'nai Brith and denounced the film as a Jewish plot against Islam.
My play re-sets the story in New York in the present day in an action-filled, very intense drama dealing with anti-Semitism, women's rights and the nature of religious faith.
Regrettably, the director of the first production changed the ending of the play—altering scenes during rehearsals that I was not present at. This greatly marred the play, and left it with an illogical conclusion. Yet, in spite of this, the production received a series of rave reviews, and it was nominated by the New York Innovative Theater Awards for Best Full-Length Script of the Year, Best Production and Best Actor (Brian Wallace). My hope is that making the play available in this form will lead to a future production which is faithful to the script I wrote.
The Caterers is an exceptionally easy play to stage from a technical standpoint. The most important things to do in presenting it are simply to find good actors and to use realistic props and sets.