After nearly two years, we are excited to announce the New Jewish Theatre’s 2022 season.
The ritual of gathering to share stories seems more important now than ever.
We look forward to sharing the 2022 season with you all.
Editor’s Note: This blog has been updated to reflect the changes necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We will open the season with Neil Simon’s entertaining comedy Laughter on the 23rd Floor, a wonderful play about Neil Simon’s early career as a television writer. In June, we are pleased to produce Ken Ludwig’s delightful, sweet and funny celebration of how his grandparents met as pen pals during World War II, Dear Jack, Dear Louise. In the weeks leading to Rosh Hashanah, we will host the world premiere of a brilliant new play by Elizabeth Savage, The Bee Play, which examines how a chance meeting and the smallest of actions can, in fact, build a path to a better world. Finally in December, we close our season with the musical revue, Jerry’s Girls, a celebration of the music of the great Broadway composer Jerry Herman.
Subscriptions go on sale Monday, September 27 and include our six-ticket Flex Pass and our five-ticket Classic Subscription. Individual tickets go on sale Monday, November 15.
By Neil Simon
Directed by Eddie Coffield
Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, April 10
Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” this Neil Simon favorite depicts the harried writing staff as they frantically scramble to top each other with gags while competing for the attention of star madman, Max Prince. Filled with nostalgia, classic Catskills humor and colorful characters, Laughter on the 23rd Floor is bound to have you… well… laughing.
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by Eddie Coffield
Thursday, June 9 – Sunday, June 26
When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Lend Me a Tenor) tells the joyous, heartwarming story of his grandparents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected.
By Elizabeth Savage
Directed by Sarah Whitney
Thursday, September 8 – Sunday, September 25
A world premiere! Carver Washington, a brilliant, young beekeeper from the Bronx finds his only respite from caring for his little sister and his housebound grandmother by escaping to his oasis on his building’s roof. Rooftop visits from Devora, a kindred spirit fresh out of Yale who’s setting up a kibbutz in the neighborhood, lead them to share their dreams, anxieties and hopes during a
time of colony collapse, both for bees and humans. With the city far below, they wonder together what forgiveness might look like in the 21st century.
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Concepts by Larry Alford, Wayne Cilento and Jerry Herman
Directed and Choreographed by Ellen Isom
Thursday, December 1 – Sunday, December 18
Jerry’s Girls, the Broadway musical revue, is a sparkling journey through Herman’s musical catalogue. With its abundance of beloved and celebratory pleasures, this is a refreshing tonic for lifting our spirits and celebrating one of Broadway’s greatest Jewish composers. In song after song, in Broadway hits like “Mame,” “La Cage aux Folles” and “Hello, Dolly!,” Herman has made it his goal in life to send people out of a theatre humming his tunes and there’s no denying that his relentlessly upbeat and melodic songs do the trick. This tribute to the song catalogue of Jerry Herman is sure to leave you smiling, and with a song in your heart.
The New Jewish Theatre is committed to the safety of our audience and artists. To protect our community and ensure that we can continue to gather safely, entry to a NJT play requires proof of full vaccination (both shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) OR a negative COVID-19 test from within 48 hours of entry. Vaccination card or screenshot accepted, with matching ID. All patrons must always wear masks inside the building. Masks must cover one’s nose and mouth.