The Legacy

Mark Harelik
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Rural Central Texas, 1962. Dave, still lives in the old family home that his father built. The family is still the only Jewish family in this isolated country town. As his son Nathan faces the (to him) bizarre prospect of becoming Bar Mitzvah, his wife Rachel faces an even greater crisis of faith. As Dave encounters the remoteness of his community, and the even further distance from the faith of his father, his entire family faces the legacy left behind by their immigrant forebears: What do the Jews believe? This is a fictionalized account of the next generation of the family introduced in THE IMMIGRANT, and the second play in Mark Harelik’s Texas saga of one Jewish-American family.

Production Info

Cast: 5 total (2 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“The first full production of new play by Mark Harelik is a sequel to his previous successful drama, THE IMMIGRANT. This ongoing story of the Estanitskys, a Jewish family in Texas, slightly resembles, in its second installment, some aspects of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical saga founded on his own early experiences — and with a precocious and talkative little lad serving as the author’s presumed stand-in and mouthpiece as well … Instead of spotlighting the psyche of some wunderkind, the playwright is probing (but never answering) ultimate posers dealing with life and death, God and man, Jew and Gentile, human suffering and eternal “Why?” Harelik makes ideas confront each other with Shavian gusto, but he never lets the battle of words stray far from the passions and pain that provokes it … THE LEGACY is as strong emotionally as it is cogitatively.” —George Weinberg-Harter, Drama-Logue

About the Author


  • Mark Harelik

    Mark Harelik has appeared in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA and THE BEARD OF AVON at the Goodman Theatre. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in THE BEARD OF AVON and OLD MONEY. He also appeared in the national tour of THE HEIDI CHRONICLES. Regionally, he has appeared in numerous plays at The Mark Taper Forum, the American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, the Denver Center Theater Company, the La Jolla Playhouse, The Globe Theatres and South Coast Repertory Theater. Film credits include Election, Eulogy, Jurassic Park III, A Gnome Gnamed Gnorm, and Barbarians at the Gate. Television credits include Seinfeld, Star Trek Voyager, Boy Meets World, The Practice, Picket Fences, Cheers, The Single Guy, Players, Angel, Diagnosis Murder, and the television movies War Stories, The Partridge Family, Hefner Unauthorized and My Brother's Keeper. He is the author of THE IMMIGRANT, THE LEGACY, and HANK WILLIAMS — LOST HIGHWAY. Mr. Harelik is a Fox Foundation Fellow.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 9/1/1997
Pages 94
ISBN 9780881451320

Special Notes

Special Notes

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


Upcoming and Recent Productions


9/26/2019 – 10/13/2019
Berkshire Theatre Group
Stockbridge, MA

2/1/2019 – 1/31/2020
The American National Theatre, Inc.
New York, NY

2/1/2018 – 1/31/2019
The American National Theatre, Inc.
New York, NY