Crucial Questions, Critical Fault Lines, Necessary Conversations
All drama is predicated on a question. The more incisive the inquiry, the more penetrating the drama.
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Theater J 2013/14 Season
Directed by Derek Goldman
Featuring Nancy Robinette
The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph is primed to follow in the footsteps of her progressive political family. But when she discovers a troubling secret about her blacklisted grandfather, Emma must confront her family’s legacy, and her own path.
A bold and moving play from the Award-winning author of 4,000 Miles (The New York Times – Outstanding Playwright), staged by the director of our Helen Hayes nominated production of Our Class.
A newly commissioned 2013 edition
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky
Sophie, a charming, vibrant artist, and Phillip, a loyal, solid businessman, are a 40-something couple whose new relationship is rocked when Sophie learns she is pregnant. As each fights for the only future he or she can imagine, they are both forced to recognize the profound cultural differences between them. And when the word “abortion” is introduced into the debate, all bets are off.
The Argument chronicles the arc of a relationship with humor, passion, brutality, and up-to-the-minute relevance.
From the co-author of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-finalist Omnium Gatherum.
SPECIAL EVENT PRODUCTION
with Nick Corley
A special encore presentation of the three-time Helen-Hayes nominee. “Bound for Glory!” raved The Washington Post of last season’s sold out production. This boisterous musical celebrates America’s troubadour, the man behind ‘This Land is Your Land,’ ‘The Ballad of Tom Joad’ and more, with musical numbers, ample humor and heart-break from Woody’s rich life.
Followed by rousing weekly hootenannies after select performances.
A world premiere
Directed by Tony-award winning actress and Broadway director Judith Ivey
An homage to Our Town, this world-premiere invites audiences to suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis marched on Skokie. As the Major and Edelman families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, Ricky and Thornton fall into an interfaith teenage romance. Off to embark on exciting futures both inside and out of their suburban hamlet, the teenagers find themselves absorbed in a growing menace that turns into heartbreak, surprise, and headlines involving the whole community.
From the author of The Stick Wife and adapter of O Pioneers.
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
A satirical comedy about political correctness. When a Caucasian actor is cast as the Asian pimp in Broadway’sMiss Saigon, Hwang leads a public outcry protesting the cultural insensitivity. But when Hwang himself unwittingly casts a white actor to play the Asian protagonist of his new play, he must confront his own hypocrisies.
As he struggles to ‘save face’ amidst family politics, international intrigue and government investigations, Hwang explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity, dual loyalty, and responsibility.
By David Henry Hwang (Tony-Award-Winning playwright of M. Butterfly and librettist for Disney’s Aida).Staged by the visionary director of Astro Boy and The God of Comics.
Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival
An English language world premiere
Directed by Sinai Peter
Produced in collaboration with Herzliya Ensemble Theatre
Featuring Michael Tolaydo
An Israeli homage to All My Sons set in Haifa during the first Intifada. Giora is a young professor engaged to Neta but in love with Samia, the Palestinian daughter of a family friend who becomes troubled when Giora’s father’s company begins building on the site of a battle that took place 40 years ago. Giora struggles to find the truth about his father’s war-time secrets, confronting the causes of his brother’s death and how Giora came to incur his own war-time injuries in Lebanon. As Giora’s family presses him to look forward, not back, the play asks how we can move forward toward peace while still wrestling with the ghosts of war.
From the author of Pangs of the Messiah and the winner of the Prime Minister of Israel Award for Writers, and staged by the Theater J’s director of Return to Haifa with designers from the Israeli premiere.
Presented in cooperation with the world premiere of Camp David, by Lawrence Wright at Arena Stage. With Festival readings, workshops and discussions.
Directed by Serge Seiden
Featuring Todd Scofield
The celebrated long-running Off-Broadway hit stages a clash between intellectual giants Dr. Sigmund Freud, the legendary psychoanalyst, and C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. On the day England enters World War II, Freud summons then unknown professor Lewis to his office for an impassioned exchange about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life.
From the author of Camping With Henry And Tom and inspired by Harvard’s Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.’s best-selling book The Question of God.
SPECIAL EVENT PRODUCTION
Part of Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival
Written and performed
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
Commissioned in Theater J’s 2012 Locally Grown festival, this dynamic solo performance by renowned story-teller John Spelman explores masculinity and mortality in the face of disease with humanity and humor. Drawing from personal experience and interviews, Spelman examines the effects of prostate cancer and treatment on sexuality and relationships with warmth and candor.
Get to know the talented directors of Theater J’s 2013-2014 season in a series of intimate discussions presented in the style of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio’. Each of our directors will discuss their body of work, their process and their upcoming Theater J production – select dates, Sep 2013-Jun 2014.
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Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums, readings, and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art throughout the year.
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