Crossing Delancey


Writers: Susan Sandler


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Number of Acts
First Produced
Multiple Settings
Time & Place
1980s, new york city
Cast Size
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes adult, elderly, mature adult characters


In Susan Sandler’s warm and tender comedy, Crossing Delancey, we meet Isabelle Grossman, who is living the dream. She has a rent-controlled apartment in New York’s upper West Side, a job at a prestigious independent bookstore, plenty of friends, and a handsome local author to dream about. None of this matters to her Bubbie, however, a strong-minded, fiercely loving, traditional Jewish grandmother, who worries about single Isabelle, living alone in a room, like a dog! Unbeknownst to Isabelle, Bubbie hires a marriage broker to save the day -- and she is introduced to pleasant and unassuming Sam, who runs his own pickle stand on the Lower East Side. Isabelle does not believe she could have anything in common with a pickle man , but just as she seems to be getting the attention of Tyler Moss -- the highbrow writer after whom she has been hankering -- Isabelle is blindsided by Sam’s subtle wit and wisdom. Can Sam persuade Isabelle to change her style, after all? Will Bubbie cleverly maneuver them together? Crossing Delancey is a charming, sly, and heartfelt story exploring the bonds of family and tradition; the culture clash of old East Side and new West Side; and the romantic benefits of a new hat.

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