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2019 – 2020 Season

Brighton Beach Memoir: October 10 - 27, 2019

Brighton Beach Memoir
by Neil Simon
Directed by Alan Knoll

October 10-27, 2019

Brighton Beach, September 1937. Eugene Jerome is dreaming of baseball and girls. Over the course of a few short days amid family harmony and disharmony, young Eugene will come to understand life a little deeper.  This award-winning play is a bittersweet memoir that captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states “if you didn’t have a problem, you wouldn’t be living here.”

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Fully Committed: December 5 - 22, 2019

Fully Committed
by Becky Mode
Directed by Ellie Schwetye

December 5-22, 2019

This devastatingly funny play follows a day in the life of Samuel Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number one restaurant. Sam battles coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics – a cast of desperate callers will stop at nothing to land a prime reservation or the right table. While juggling scheming socialites, name-dropping wannabes and fickle celebrities, can Sam manage to look out for himself? Fully Committed has forty wildly-diverse characters played by one actor, New Jewish Theatre favorite, Will Bonfiglio.

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My Name is Asher Lev: January 23 - February 9, 2020

My Name is Asher Lev
by Aaron Posner adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
Directed by Aaron Sparks

January 23 – February 9, 2020

My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.

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We Are the Levinsons: March 19 - April 5, 2020

We Are the Levinsons
by Wendy Kout
Directed by Jennifer Wintzer

March 19 – April 5, 2020

A ST. LOUIS PREMIER

We are the Levinsons is a genuinely funny play that, without question, tugs at our heart. It centers on Rosie, a divorced fiftyish TV writer with an insufferable 21 year-old daughter, who suddenly finds herself responsible for her father’s care. This thoughtful and earnest play delves into some difficult but universal passages of life. We all must give up the insolence of youth and take on the mantle of adulthood. Along the way are opportunities to love and to pursue our dreams. We are the Levinsons teaches us how we should cherish these moments with tenderness and with laughter.

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Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together: May 7 - 24, 2020

Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together
Word and Music by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Ben Nordstrom
Musical Direction by Charlie Mueller
Choreography by Ellen Isom

May 7-24, 2020

A ST. LOUIS PREMIER

Stephen Sondheim’s Putting it Together is a musical revue showcasing the songs of Stephen Sondheim. The show celebrates the composer of many of Broadway’s greatest hits. Featuring nearly thirty Sondheim tunes, Putting It Together is performed by a cast of five people who are thrown together at a party in a Manhattan penthouse. We are at a smart cocktail party where marriages are being shaken up along with the martinis. The show is full of sharp wit and marital mayhem all wrapped up in Stephen Sondheim’s spectacular music.

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2018 – 2019 Season

Raging Skillet: October 4 - 21, 2018

Raging Skillet, the Play
By Jacques Lamarre


October 4 – 21, 2018

Based on the book by Chef Rossi, New York’s first punk-rock, Jewish, Lesbian caterer. When Rossi’s Jewish mother discovers the microwave, home-cooked meals become a thing of the past. What starts as a rebellion against her Orthodox parents, chauvinism in the kitchen, and the pressures of conformity ends with her becoming New York’s #1 punk-rock caterer. This hilarious and heartfelt new comedy is based on the true-life story of Chef Rossi.

Raging Skillet contains adult language and content.

Directed by Lee Anne Mathews

Cast

Rossi – Sarajane Alverson
DJ Skillet – Erin Renee Roberts
Mom – Kathleen Sitzer*

An Act of God: November 29 - December 16, 2018

An Act of God
By David Javerbaum

November 29 – December 16, 2018

A divine comedy! Delivering a new and improved set of Commandments, God’s introduction of the revised laws is refreshingly positive, insisting on the separation of church and state and encouraging us to believe in ourselves, not some elderly white guy in the sky. The play is sinfully funny delivering new meaning to the phrase divine intervention and where God and his devoted angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight…and He’s not holding back! In God we trust.

The NY Times calls it “…a gut-busting-funny riff on the never-ending folly of mankind’s attempts to fathom God’s wishes through the words of the Bible and use them to their own ends.

Directed by Edward Coffield

Cast

God – Alan Knoll*
Gabriel – Amanda Wales
Michael – Cassidy Flynn

District Merchants: January 24 - February 10, 2019

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District Merchants
By Aaron Posner

January 24 – February 10, 2019

A Variation on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice. Love and litigation, deep passions, and predatory lending are taken to a new level in this uneasy comedy, which wades fearlessly into the endless complexities and contradictions of life in America. Set among the Black and Jewish populations of an imagined time and place—simultaneously Shakespearean, post-Civil War Washington, DC, and today, a remarkable tale of money, merchandise, and mercy. It explores race, religion, power and money in America that feels all too contemporary.

Directed by Jacqueline Thompson

Cast

Shylock – Gary Wayne Barker*
Antoine – J Samuel Davis*
Portia – Courtney Bailey Parker
Jessica – Alicen Moser
Nessa – Erika Flowers
Lancelot – Karl Hawkins
Lorenzo – TBD
Benjamin – TBD

Time Stands Still: March 28 - April 14, 2019

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Time Stands Still
By Donald Margulies

March 28 – April 14, 2019

Time Stands Still revolves around Sarah, a photojournalist who has returned from covering the Iraq war after being injured by a roadside bomb, and her reporter boyfriend James who is swamped by guilt after having left Sarah alone in Iraq. The two are trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories, and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life. Can they stay together amidst unspoken betrayals and conflicting ideals? Playwright Margulies answers these questions, while leaving unanswered qualms regarding the way America deals with war and tragedy coverage.

Directed by Doug Finlayson

Cast

Sarah – Wendy Greenwood
James – Ben Nordstrom*
Richard – Jerry Vogel*
Mandy – Eileen Engel

I Now Pronounce: May 16 - June 2, 2019

I Now Pronounce
By Tasha Gordon-Solmon

May 16 – June 2, 2019

A play that mines disconnections. After Adam and Nicole’s wedding culminates in an awkwardly timed fatality, the reception spins into an increasingly strange evening that leaves the bride and groom questioning just what it is they’re celebrating. But there’s no stopping the festivities: the flower girls are running amuck, the bridal party members are preoccupied with their own flailing relationships, and everyone needs to stop ordering the blue drinks. Comedies end in marriage. Tragedies end in death. This play begins with both.

Directed by Edward Coffield

Cast

Rabbi – Craig Neuman
Nicole – Jessica Kadish
Adam – Graham Emmons
Michelle – Delaney Piggins*
Seth – Ryan Lawson-Maeske
Eva – Frankie Ferrari
Dave – Will Bonfiglio