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Apr
4
Sat
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Apr
5
Sun
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020
This afternoon’s production will be followed by a Creative Conversation.

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 5 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Apr
6
Mon
Yiddish Theater Lab: One of Those
Apr 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A blue background with yellow text reading, Yiddish Theater LabOne of Those

By Paula Prilutski, adapted and translated by Allen Lewis Rickman, directed by Kevin Place
Monday, April 6, 7:00 PM

When Judith, still reeling from the loss of her mother, clashes with her father’s new wife, she rebels against the patriarchy and is thrown out of her home.  With no options available, the strong-willed Judith makes choices she will forever regret; and despite her best efforts and the help of family and friends, Judith finds herself unable to escape the chains of her history.

Playwright Bio: Paula Prilutski (1876 – unknown) was one of the very few women playwrights in the Yiddish theater to have been identified. Born in Warsaw, Prilutski originally wrote in Polish and switched to Yiddish after being introduced to the Yiddish Theater scene in Poland. In addition to full-length plays, she wrote one-act plays and poetry. One of Those was originally presented by the legendary Esther-Rokhl Kaminska — “The Mother of Yiddish Theater” —in Warsaw in 1912. Prilutski’s fate during World War II remains unknown to this day.

Translator Bio: Allen Lewis Rickman is a playwright, director and actor. His work has been presented in six languages and produced internationally. He adapted, directed and wrote supertitle translations for three plays in Yiddish for the Folksbiene and two for New Yiddish Rep. Rickman has had a long career in theater, television and film. His numerous acting credits include Relatively Speaking on Broadway and award-winning television series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as well as a significant amount of work in Yiddish Theater.

Why this play?
One of Those is a forgotten gem of the Yiddish Theater, recently given new life through Allen Lewis Rickman’s beautiful adaptation and translation which was presented as a staged reading by YIVO in May of 2018. Much like Sholem Asch’s well-known play, God of Vengeance, One of Those features prostitutes and brothels, frequent subjects of Yiddish Theater. However, Prilutski’s characters all possess a flawed dignity (arguably more so than the characters created by her male peers), which elevate them from mere symbols to complex characters. Without a doubt, Prilutski’s epic, proto-feminist drama was ahead of its time when she wrote it in 1912. We feel strongly that it still has something to say about independent women living in an un-free world today.

 

For pay-what-you-choose tickets, please visit the Theater J website. Please contact the box office with any questions at 202.777.3210.

Apr
7
Tue
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 2:15 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Classes for Theater Lovers: Beyond the Script
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Beyond the Script

Taught by Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr
6 sessions, $289 (with subscriber discount: $269*)
Tuesdays, April 7 – May 19, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Take a deep dive into Theater J’s 2020-2021 plays in a friendly, book club-like setting. Learn how a theater professional analyzes a script as we read and discuss the plays in our season. (Participants will need to purchase scripts.)

*Use the email address attached to your Theater J account and the subscriber discount will automatically be taken in your cart.  If you have questions, please call 202.777.3210 and we will be happy to help you complete your transaction.

Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Apr
10
Fri
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 10 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Apr
11
Sat
Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide

Becoming Dr. Ruth
Apr 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

BECOMING DR. RUTH

By Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson

March 27 – April 19, 2020

Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater. This inventive production was a must-see event of the 2017-2018 DC theater season. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world.

“Jacobson is captivating from start to finish.“MD Theater Guide