The Cemetery Club

Three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before going to visit their husband’s graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is a feisty embodiment of the girl who just wants to have fun, and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam the butcher enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart.

The Broadway production starred Eileen Heckart as Lucille. It was made into a film, starring Ellen Burstyn, Dianne Ladd, Olympia Dukkakis.

The Cemetery Club opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in New York City on May 12, 1990. This production was originally presented by Howard Hurst, Philip Rose, Sophie Hurst, and David Brown at the Kennedy Center for the Perfroming Arts in Washington, D.C., on March 30, 1990. It was directed by Pamela Berlin.


Ida – Judy A. Schmidt

Lucille – Jean Deltgen Enking

Doris – Lynn E. Rybicki

Sam – Harold C. Lang

Mildred – Lorraine Selinski

Production Staff

Director: Ralph Maffongelli

Technical Director: Marty Kooi

Stage Manager: Diane Sciarra

Set Design: Marty Kooi

Costume Designer: Joyce Nery

Lighting Design: Marty Kooi

Sound Design: Gregory M. Blindauer

Properties: Mary Jane Krause

Make-up: Pam Rutherford