Zalmen or the madness of God


A play by Elie Wiesel

Directed by Guila Clara Kessous

Lauri Wolff

Lauri Wolff has a Masters in Education for the Speech and Hearing Handicapped.  She is certified in Special Education, Early Childhood, and Elementary School as well.  She recently retired from being a Speech Pathologist and Special Education Inclusion Specialist in the Everett Public Schools for 32 years.  She now works with Gateways as a Special Education Teacher and Speech Pathologist in private Jewish day schools as well as being a private Speech Pathologist.  She assisted with directing plays for 4 years in Maimonides Elementary School and co-directed plays for 5 years in the Whittier School in Everett.  She played the Rabbi in the Everett Theatre Company production of Fiddler on the Roof.  She loves to sing and directed a choir in Congregation Tifereth Israel of Everett and sang in choirs at CAJE conferences with the late Debbie Friedman.  She is honored to be filling the role of the Secretary in this production of Zalmen, or the Madness of God, under the creative direction of Guila Clara Kessous and is grateful that its author Elie Wiesel has allowed it to be produced publicly.  She has admired Elie Wiesel for many years and is proud that her husband, Nehemia Polen, received his doctorate at Boston University under the guidance of Elie Wiesel.   Nehemia Polen was also privileged to be invited to speak at Elie Wiesel’s 70th and 80th weeklong birthday celebrations which Lauri was thrilled to attend.  Lauri has attended many of Professor Wiesel’s public lectures and is always deeply moved by them.