Free Readings at The Kennedy Center

Okay, summer-catch-up time is over, now let the games begin!

Shirley here, reporting with yet another “save-the-date” to pen in your planners, mark on your calendars, thumb-type into your blackberry’s and iphones. The Kennedy Center will once again be holding it’s annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, and Theater J will be represented on two different stages on both the Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend–presenting staged readings of two plays from our 2009/10 season.

Some news about it here, and here (though check back, presumably, for a full schedule) but the important stuff for you to know about us is:

On Sunday, September 6 at 4:30 pm we will be presenting ANDY WARHOL: GOOD FOR THE JEWS? on the North Millennium Stage.
Written & Performed by Josh Kornbluth
In collaboration with David Dower, Director
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.

And on Monday, September 7 at 3:30 pm we will be presenting MIKVEH at the South Opera Tier Lounge.
Written by Hadar Galron
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. The reading will feature most cast members of the upcoming production, including Kim Schraff and Lise Bruneau.

So be trendy! Have a stay-cation this Labor Day weekend and check out loads of *FREE!* theater! We’ll be there as well–please do say hello.

In other news, as I assemble and organize the loads of useful dramaturgical information that goes along with ZERO HOUR (much of which we’ll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks both here and in our Weekly theater J emails) I was struck by the serendipitous nature of Margalit Rosenthal’s blog entry on the DC JCC blog(The Blog at 16th and Q). Margalit wrote about seeing Topol perform the role of Tevye in Los Angeles recently. Knee deep in a Mostel mindset, it struck me that he would be rolling over in his grave to hear Topol referred to as “the original Tevye” (and I don’t blame Margalit–we all grew up with the movie versions of these shows, that’s what we remember!)–and he tells us as much in Jim Brochu’s stage version of his life story.

More thoughts on all of that soon: the WPA, the Red Scare, and even on Zero and the muppets. Stay tuned.


3 thoughts on “Free Readings at The Kennedy Center

  1. “… we all grew up with the movie versions of these shows…”?

    Well — some did, surely, but in 1971, when Topol’s “Fiddler” appeared, many Theater J audience members were already fairly grown up….

  2. It really is a generational thing. My dad made sure I saw “The Producers” the minute he thought I was old enough to “get” the satire. (I had seen the movie of Fiddler in the theaters well before this, when it was released). I remember sometime after that coming across my dad’s LP of the Original Cast Recording for Fiddler and thinking to myself, “Zero Mostel sings?” I know, a shanda.

    Topol was the only Tevye I ever knew. (I just remember thinking it was cool that the crazy scientist from Flash Gordon was Jewish.)

  3. From Shirley:
    [hangs her head in shame]
    Esthermiriam, you are right, of course. Many of our audiences and blog readers would have had the opportunity to watch FIDDLER when it originally came out, rather than later on–on VHS or Beta as I was implying. I did not mean to be generation-ist!

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