A little over a year ago, we made history when we played our first Saturday afternoon shabbat matinee performance at the J. The much-discussed, well-thought-through and gentle roll-out of our shabbat-at-the-J programming turned out to be the kind of programmatic enhancement we all hoped it would be. Most crucially, it felt right to be offering art at the J on a Saturday afternoon — all tickets bought in advance; free coffee before the show (and at intermission in those shows that still have intermissions); wonderful, simple, participatory conversations following — and it was gratifying (and remains so) to see people coming out for the series — whether folks are buying in advance through Box Office Tickets, or Goldstar, or Ticketplace, we’re seeing some of our most diverse audiences come on shabbat afternoons. And we’re all happy to be bringing in new friends to our theater and into the Center.
Tonight marks the beginning of Friday night performances at Theater J. Again, the DCJCC has been open for some Friday night films; Entry Point’s had Friday night dinners; we’ve had off-site Friday night performances when co-producing in other venues (Ford’s Theatre, Georgetown U), but tonight begin the first of 7 Friday night performances throughout the season. And it should be equally as warm and wonderful. Tonight begins the final weekend of Alex Gersten-Vassilaros’ The Argument with shows tonight at 8 pm, tomorrow at 3 and 8, and Sunday at 3 and 7:30. And to add to the richness, it’s another Lilith Weekend, as we continue our wonderful partnership with Lilith Magazine with two post-matinee programs. On Saturday, following the 3 pm matinee (at 4:30 in the pre-school school lobby directly behind the theater) we have another “Lilith Salon,” with Susan Weidman Schneider, editor in chief and a founding mother of Lilith magazine (independent, Jewish & frankly feminist) in an informal and wide-ranging conversation, spurred by The Argument, exploring our reproductive selves, abortion, choices about parenthood, negotiating tough, intimate decisions, and more. (important to CLICK HERE TO RSVP and to find out more information about the salon.)
And on Sunday afternoon, Lilith sponsors a Post Show Panel Discussion on “The ‘A’ Word: Talking About Abortion” with
• Sammie Moshenberg, director of National Council of Jewish Women’s Washington office, has been an activist for reproductive justice for more than 30 years
• Judy Ratliff, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Fairfax Virginia. Her practice includes individuals, couples and families
A great way to go out — 5 heroic performances and great post-show programming to culminate a rich and rewarding run of The Argument. Join us!