|OCTOBER - NOVEMBER|
Al Lewis and Willie Clark, as "Lewis and Clark" were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. But they haven’t spoken in over a decade. Now CBS is inviting the team to reunite for a "History of Comedy" retrospective. A grudging reunion brings them back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs. Classic Neil Simon, a lot of it is epically funny and all of it is cheerful.
"It's ham on wry...Simon's sure footed craftsmanship and his one liners are as exquisitely apt as ever." - New York Post
October 8 - November 1
Directed by Doug Finlayson
Willie Clark - Bobby Miller*
Al Lewis - Gerry Becker*
Ben - Jared Sanz-Agero
Nurse - Fannie Lebby
Sketch Nurse - Julia Crump
Stage Assistant Director - Leo B. Ramsey
Patient - Bob Harvey
Good Jews, Bad Jews - it's all relative in this razor sharp and savage comedy about family, faith, and legacy. Meet Daphna Feygenbaum, a "Real Jew" with an Israeli boyfriend who she met on Birthright. When Daphna's cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody for their grandfather's shiva and declares ownership of "Poppy's" Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious family brawl ensues.A gleefully funny, thought-provoking evening of theatre. Outrageously and laceratingly funny, it's about what you choose to believe when you're chosen
"A combative meditation on contemporary American Judaism, and funnier than anything you'll find at the JCC"
"The best comedy of the season" — Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
December 3 - 20
Directed by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga
Daphna - Em Piro
Liam - Antonio Rodriguez*
Jonah - Pete Winfrey
Melody - Taylor Steward
|JANUARY - FEBRUARY|
A haunting, beautifully constructed one-person meditation on time and devotion. A returned library book, 113 years overdue with a clue scribbled in the margin and an unclaimed dry-cleaning ticket take the Dutch librarian on a life-changing quest with an obsession to find its owner. Our protagonist follows multiple clues- tickets to the Peking Opera, a love letter written in Yiddish - on a world-wide search that ultimately decodes" the meaning of life. A metaphysical detective story that is funny and fierce, quirky and smart.
Troubling and soaringly hopeful - it is an examination of myth and loss."
"A satisfying mix of intelligent writing and quirky humor in a package that isn't neatly wrapped up with pat answers."--Jana J Monji, Los Angeles Times
January 28 - Februrary 13
Directed by Lana Pepper
Hoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that has plagued his career, a young American piano prodigy travels to Vienna in the spring of 1986. He is assigned to a vocal teacher who gives him the "Dicheterliebe" song cycle by Robert Schumann. Marans incorporates the poetry of Heinrich Heine and the music of Robert Schumann into the series of events. Through the sessions between the two men, Marans creates a link between two generations who find they much more in common than they think. This is the inspirational journey of two very different men who, with music as their one common bond, must find a way to break through their pasts.
"Mr. Marans' play…is lighted with warmth and humor, and his two protagonists are splendid companions for the evening's journey into the soul." —NY Times.
"…one of the best plays of the year, a fascinating exploration of art, guilt, compassion and identity…" —NY Post
March 17 - April 3
Directed by Tim Ocel
Professor Mashkan - Jerry Vogel*
Stephen Hoffman - Will Bonfiglio
|MAY - JUNE|
Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy” and updated with new music and lyrics by Jill Sobule, “Yentl” tells the story of a young girl in 19th century Eastern Europe forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her identity. This marks 40 years since the play — then without music — ran on Broadway. With parallels in Singer’s short story coinciding with the burgeoning second wave of feminism, we find Yentl as an outsider seeking to find her own voice within a very proscribed world. Sobules’ klezmer/rock/folk score underlines the ageless ideas of young love and sexual questioning.
“This is a story about the mystery of appearances, the deceptions of the heart, and the divine androgyny of the soul.”
May 12 - June 5
Directed by Edward Coffield
Yentl - Shanara Gabrielle*
Avigdor - Andrew Michael Neiman*
Hadass - Taylor Steward
Reb Todrus - Terry Meddows*
Jennifer Theby Quinn