A Rich Weekend of Discussion

We played to 650 audience members this weekend, which translates into 2 sold out house, one very close and an overall excellent take for a holiday-shortened week. Audiences were elated with the production, which continues to keep on growing and deepening.

The MIKVEH discussion series was in full swing this weekend as well with talks after every performance. We’ve solicited e-copies of some of the superb comments that were prepared by the panelists themselves. Noteworthy as well is that this weekend’s talk-backs each had their own moderator, and both Sunday discussions were sponsored by important affinity groups who partnered with us to make these panels such a success. To review the rundown:

May 22: Talk-Back with Guila Franklin Siegel (Director, Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington); moderated by Elaine Reuben (Theater J Council Member and a founding trustee of the Tikkun Olam Jewish Women’s Foundation)

May 23 (following the matinee): Israel and the Evolving Role of Women in Religious Practice (sponsored by the New Israel Fund) with Rabbi Batya Steinlauf (Jewish Theological Seminary and educator on mikveh practice) Shira Frank (Deputy Director of Development and Leadership Outreach at J Street); and Miriam Isserow; moderated by Karen Paul-Stern (Washington Regional Director of the New Israel Fund and published poet)

Read Karen Paul-Stern’s extensive write-up of her presentation here.

May 23 (following the evening performance): Responding to Domestic Abuse in Our Community – (sponsored by the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse) featuring Barbara Zackheim (Founding Director, JCADA) Rabbi David Rose (Family Justice Center, Montgomery County), Linda Siegel (Director of Clinical Services) and actress Carla Briscoe; moderated by Elissa Schwartz (executive director of JCADA)

More to come…