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2018 – 2019 Season

Time Stands Still: March 28 - April 14, 2019

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Time resizedTime 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


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


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*This Sunday’s performances are at 2pm & 7:30pm

I Now Pronounce: May 16 - June 2, 2019

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Pronounce resizedI 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


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


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*This Sunday’s performances are at 2pm & 7:30pm

Raging Skillet: October 4 - 21, 2018

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Skillet resizedRaging 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


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

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

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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


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

District Merchants: January 24 - February 10, 2019

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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


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

2017 – 2018 Season

Tuesdays with Morrie: October 4 - 22, 2017

Tuesdays with Morrie
By Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom

October 4 – 22, 2017

In this adaptation of the dearly loved book by Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie explores the ever-deepening relationship of journalist Albom with his Brandeis University professor and mentor, Morrie Schwartz. 16 years after graduation from college, Mitch catches Morrie on a television news program and discovers he is battling Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). What begins as a one-time visit to his former professor turns into a weekly pilgrimage where Mitch is schooled in life lessons and ultimately discovers the meaning of life. The New York Daily News calls it “a touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.”

Director, Anna Pileggi

Morrie: Jim Anthony*
Mitch: Andy Neiman*

A Jewish Joke: Nov. 29 - Dec. 10, 2017

A Jewish Joke
by Phil Johnson & Marni Freedman

November 29 – December 10

During the 1950’s, the great era of Jewish humor, we meet irascible comedy screenwriter Bernie Lutz who is about to open a big movie. When he discovers to his surprise – and chagrin – that his name appears on Senator Joseph McCarthy’s infamous “black list,” Bernie is confronted with the dilemma of naming names and implicating his writing partner in order to save himself and his career. This poignant solo comedy shows one small man facing the tough American events of the mid-20th century. A story as relevant today as it was during the McCarthy era.

Originally directed by David Ellenstein

Bernie Lutz: Phil Johnson

The How and the Why: Jan. 24 - Feb. 11, 2018

The How and the Why
by Sarah Treem

January 24 –February 11

A fascinating and thought-provoking play about science, family and the survival of the fittest. Emotions collide when, on the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming 28-year-old evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field, 56-year-old Zelda Kahn. The air crackles between the eminent professor and the maverick graduate student, whose theories might just change the way we regard sex itself. This intimate and keenly perceptive play grapples with the difficult choices faced by women of every generation.

Director, Nancy Bell


Zelda Kahn Amy Loui*
Rachel Hardeman: Sophia Brown

New Jerusalem: April 4 - 22, 2018

New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza at Torah Talmud Congregation: Amsterdam, July 27, 1656
By David Ives

April 4 –April 22

The true story of Jewish philosopher Baruch de Spinoza who was excommunicated from the Jewish community of Amsterdam in the 1600’s in order to keep the peace for that city’s Jews. Amsterdam’s Sephardic Jews had made a fatal arrangement with the city: They agreed to police their own community for unorthodox beliefs. When the city accuses Spinoza of atheism, Chief Rabbi Mortera must summon Spinoza to the synagogue to defend himself – a historical event that shook up not only the entire Jewish community of Amsterdam, but changed Spinoza’s and Mortera’s lives—and all of Western thought—irrevocably. An engrossing historical drama.

Director, Tim Ocel

Baruch de Spinoza: Rob Riordan
Rabbi Mortera: John Flack*
Abraham Van Valkenburgh: Jim Butz*
Simon de Vries: Will Bonfiglio
Rebekah de Spinoza: Jennifer Theby-Quinn
Clara Van den Enden: Karlie Pinder
Gaspar Ben Israel: Greg Johnston

Lucille Lortel Award Nominations
1. Outstanding Play
2. Outstanding Lead Actor, Jeremy Strong

Life Sucks: May 23-June 10, 2018

Life Sucks, by Aaron Posner, adapted from Anton Chekhov

May 23 – June 10

An irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Posner’s contemporary riff on the work is altogether wise, profoundly humane, hilarious, quirky, endearing and, in countless clever ways, brilliantly faithful to its source. Posner brings a playful, far from cynical, originality to the story of a group of yearning, frustrated, heartbroken, questioning, and in many ways privileged souls who are, in their varied and deeply flawed ways, trying to cope with all the essential conundrums of existence. It is essentially a play about love, loss and longing – with a healthy dose of Jewish philosophizing thrown in. Never has unhappiness been so much fun.

Director, Edward Coffield

Vanya: Chris Harris*
Professor: Greg Johnston
Ella: Julie Layton
Babs: Jan Meyer
Dr. Aster: Jeff Cummings*
Sonia: Katie Keating
Pickles: Michelle Hand