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2 1/2 Jews

Alan Brandt
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A delightful seriocomedy about a prominent civil rights attorney who is a schlemiel on the home court in his relationships with his intractable aging father and budding lawyer son.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 100 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Nathan Minter is one of those overbearing men who believe that success in their chosen professions makes them, without further effort, successful sons, husbands and fathers. As Alan Brandt sets out to demonstrate in 2 1/2 JEWS, his understanding and compassionate debut play, which bares a man’s flaws but shies from tragedy, Nathan Minter is a winner as a humanitarian lawyer but a loser in his personal relationships. Oh, his 78-year-old immigrant father, Morris, may refer to him as the ‘Jewish Clarence Darrow,’ and his Yale-educated son, Marc, may call him the ‘Albert Schweitzer of the legal profession,’ but the descriptions are drenched in bitterness … 2 1/2 JEWS, sprinkled with lighthearted moments, remains an easy-to-watch cautionary tale.” —Lawrence Van Gelder, The New York Times

“Winning hit comedy … a happy surprise.” —NY1-TV

“A triple mitzvah!” —New York Law Journal

About the Author


  • Alan Brandt

    Alan Brandt was born in Brooklyn in 1923 and attended the University of Michigan before serving in Europe as a German language translator for the Army Signal Intelligence Unit, during World War II. He began the varied career that preceded playwriting as a publicist, representing notables ranging from Howdy Doody to Harry Belafonte. In addition, he became the lyricist for songs, including the standard "That's All." His work has been recorded by top singers, among them Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Mel Torme, and Peggy Lee. For many years, he was a dealer in tribal art and a major source of African and Oceanic sculptures contained in the museum collections at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Detroit and Minneapolis Institutes of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, among others. He was also a member of Actors Equity and the Screen Actors Guild. 2 1/2 JEWS, which he wrote in his 70s, was his first play. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 78.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 3/1/2000
Pages 80
ISBN 9780881451672

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Produced Off-Broadway by Do Gooder Productions at the Raymond J. Greenwald Theater

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
2 1/2 Jews is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


5/26/2022 – 5/26/2022
Friends Of The North Castle Public Library D/b/a The Armonk Players
Armonk, NY