Just Between Us
by Marilyn Hausfeld
About the Play
Just Between Us - A Piano, A Mic, A Memory is an intimate and upbeat autobiographical show. It combines comedy, drama and songs to tell the story of a Jewish girl growing up in a very modest apartment in Brooklyn. Her childhood audition for The Sound of Music on Broadway sets her on a path of discovery. Through the structure of a cabaret act, the audience is invited to share her funny and touching journey. It is at once uniquely personal yet archetypal. A woman follows her love of language and applies it to teaching,marriage, raising kids, experiencing aging and loss and celebrating a very special friendship that unexpectedly leads her back to fulfill unrealized dreams and find her own voice. From traditional immigrant values (Find a job! Find a husband!) to the contemporary (Find Yourself!) this piece embodies the essence of humor, allowing us to laugh at the things that are actually serious as a way of transforming ourselves.
Marilyn Hausfeld (Playwright and Performer)
Marilyn Hausfeld has performed in numerous theaters in the D.C. area including the Kennedy Center, Round House, Theater J, Source, Smithsonian and U.S. Holocaust Museum. Favorite roles include Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Gorgeous in The Sisters Rosensweig, Stella Adler in Stella, Kate in Broadway Bound and Fanny Brice in In Good Company. The two person Beyond Shadowlands took her on a national university tour as the poet wife of C.S. Lewis. She also created the role of Debbie Strauss on NBC's ":Homicide" Marilyn holds a BA from Brooklyn College and an M.A. from George Washington University. She was chosen to be a fellow at the International Cabaret Conference at Yale.
Alex Rybeck (Accompanist)
Alex Rybeck, originally from the DC area, is a pianist, composer and arranger, best known for his work in concerts,cabarets and on recordings with such stars as Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway, Faith Prince,Tommy Tune, Donna McKechnie ,Amanda McBroom and the legendary Kitty Carlisle Hart. Broadway credits include Merrily We Roll Along, , Grand Hotel, the hit revival of Damn Yankees. He has played such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and New York's Town Hall. After attending Oberlin he was mentored by Leonard Bernstein, Hal Prince, Stephen Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz. One of New York's top music venues, 54 Below, recently devoted two evenings to Rybeck's songs, featuring stars of Broadway and cabaret.