With a heavy heart, the J has made the difficult decision to officially postpone New Jewish Theatre performances until the fall of 2021. The impact of the pandemic has hit the arts community hard, and NJT has felt that impact. New Jewish Theatre is one of the J’s core mission programs, and we have full intentions of turning the spotlight back on our stage as soon as it is safe for our performers, crew and audience to do so. For more information or with questions, please contact Zelda Sparks, Director of Cultural Arts, 314-442-3169.
Brighton Beach Memoirs
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.”
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.
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.