Theater J’s 2009 – 2010 Season
|Jim Brochu||Judy Gold||Tana Hicken||Josh Kornbluth||Alexander Strain||Holly Twyford|
August 29–September 27
Written & Performed by Jim Brochu
Directed by Piper Laurie
Channeling Zero Mostel’s wild moods, crazy humor and righteous anger, Jim Brochu reintroduces us to this funny, fantastically contrary man whose penchant for truth-telling has been sorely missed. Will Mostel overcome his bitterness about being blacklisted and go back to work with the legendary director who named names before Congress?
LOST IN YONKERS
October 21–November 29
By Neil Simon
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Featuring Holly Twyford and Tana Hicken
In a remarkable coming-of-age story that won 4 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, two brothers are left to fend for themselves in a dysfunctional household with their formidable immigrant grandmother, sweet but simple-minded aunt and a hoodlum of an uncle. This classic American tale is simultaneously comic and poignant.
THE FOUR OF US
January 20–February 21
By Itamar Moses
Directed by Daniel DeRaey
When Ben’s first novel vaults him into literary stardom, his best friend David, a struggling playwright, is thrilled for his newfound success…or is he? This poignant play explores the nature of friendship, memory and what happens when your dreams come true—for your best friend.
“A clever comic drama with a nifty twist” –The New York Times
May 5–June 5
By Hadar Galron
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Inside the secretive world of the ritual bath, eight women’s stories unfold in this sensitive depiction of religious observance and evolving feminist consciousness. A knowledgeable examination of traditions and ritual, this hit Israeli play explores the ever evolving position of women in Israeli society.
(Note: this play contains nudity.)
**This show is part of VOICES FROM A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST: VOICE OF THE WOMAN, which will feature readings of plays by female Israeli and Arab authors.
THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA AT TALMUD TORAH CONGREGATION: AMSTERDAM, JULY 27, 1656
June 26–July 25
By David Ives
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore
Featuring Alexander Strain
In this witty theological drama, philosopher and accused apostate Baruch de Spinoza faces excommunication from the Jewish community. “Mr. Ives’s humor has always mixed the cerebral with the silly… his daring leap into metaphysics is… an engrossing primer on Spinoza’s radical thinking.” – The New York Times
December 16–January 3
Written & Performed by Judy Gold
From the creator of 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, comedian Judy Gold is back in this edgy, multi-media comic memoir with original music featuring her hysterical take on being a working gay mom, anti-depressants, nursing homes, and raising two boys in New York City.
ANDY WARHOL: GOOD FOR THE JEWS?
March 6–March 21
Written & Performed by Josh Kornbluth
Directed by David Dower
DC favorite Josh Kornbluth considers the pop-art enigma who was commissioned to paint ten Jewish notables like Einstein, Gershwin, and Golda. In wrestling with Warhol’s motives and style, Kornbluth uncovers his religious identity and the spiritual dimensions of Warhol’s art.
March 31–April 18
By Winter Miller
Directed by Derek Goldman
Based on true events, this impeccably researched chronicle of the unfolding genocide in Sudan is a searing story of humanitarian urgency and compromised journalistic ethics. Can one woman’s story stand for the plight of a nation? And what are the costs of mobilizing world opinion?