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Jan
29
Wed
Classes for Theater Lovers: The Business of Show Business
Jan 29 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Business of Show Business

Taught by Managing Director Jojo Ruf
5 sessions, $249 (with subscriber discount: $229*)
Wednesdays, January 15 – February 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The magic we see onstage would not be possible without a lot of creative thinking on the business side. Gain a better understanding of the theater you attend by learning the secrets behind “the business,” from the way an institution creates and markets its season to how union negotiations have shaped our art form.

*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.

Sheltered
Jan 29 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

SHELTERED

By Alix Sobler
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

January 9  — February 2, 2020

It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean FletcherKimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

“Thoughtful and heartfelt… culminates in an emotional, beautifully orchestrated sequence.”—Atlanta Journal-Courier

Jan
30
Thu
Sheltered
Jan 30 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

SHELTERED

By Alix Sobler
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

January 9  — February 2, 2020

It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean FletcherKimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

“Thoughtful and heartfelt… culminates in an emotional, beautifully orchestrated sequence.”—Atlanta Journal-Courier

Feb
1
Sat
Sheltered
Feb 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

SHELTERED

By Alix Sobler
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

January 9  — February 2, 2020

It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean FletcherKimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

“Thoughtful and heartfelt… culminates in an emotional, beautifully orchestrated sequence.”—Atlanta Journal-Courier

Sheltered
Feb 1 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm

SHELTERED

By Alix Sobler
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

January 9  — February 2, 2020

It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean FletcherKimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

“Thoughtful and heartfelt… culminates in an emotional, beautifully orchestrated sequence.”—Atlanta Journal-Courier

Feb
2
Sun
Sheltered
Feb 2 @ 2:00 pm – 4:15 pm

SHELTERED

By Alix Sobler
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

January 9  — February 2, 2020

It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean FletcherKimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

“Thoughtful and heartfelt… culminates in an emotional, beautifully orchestrated sequence.”—Atlanta Journal-Courier

Sheltered
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:45 pm

SHELTERED

By Alix Sobler
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

January 9  — February 2, 2020

It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. Featuring McLean FletcherKimberly Gilbert, David Schlumpf, Alexander Strain and Erin Weaver.

“Thoughtful and heartfelt… culminates in an emotional, beautifully orchestrated sequence.”—Atlanta Journal-Courier

Feb
3
Mon
Yiddish Theater Lab: A Hidden Corner
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A blue background with yellow text reading, Yiddish Theater LabA Hidden Corner

By Peretz Hirschbein, translated by David S. Lifson, directed by Brendon Fox
February 3, 2020

Noah, the son of the miller, and Tzirl, the daughter of the gravedigger, are in love. But when a newly constructed mill drives a wedge between their families, their future together looks grim. In this Romeo and Juliet tale set in a shtetl, can young love overcome dueling families, an arranged marriage, physical violence and even ghostly spirits?

Playwright Bio: Peretz Hirschbein (1880-1948) was a Yiddish-language playwright, novelist, journalist, travel writer, and theater director. Born in Poland, he lived for a while in Odessa where he established a short-lived Yiddish theater company and traveled extensively, eventually settling in Los Angeles. Although Hirschbein wrote A Farvorfen Vinkel in 1912, Maurice Schwartz’s 1918 staging of the play at his Irving Place Theater in New York was the beginning of Yiddish art theater in America and helped to usher in the second golden age of Yiddish theater. Hirschbein’s 38 Yiddish dramas were also performed in Russian, Hebrew, English, German, Spanish, and French by theater troupes all over the world. He died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) on August 16, 1948 in Los Angeles. 

Translator Bio: David S. Lifson (c. 1909 – 1996) was a businessman, teacher, author and playwright. His doctoral thesis was published as a book in 1965 with the title ”Yiddish Theater in America.” His other books included ”Wandering Star,” a compilation of stories and plays by Sholom Aleichem; “Epic and Folk Plays of the Yiddish Theatre,” which included his translation of Farvorfen Vinkel; and ”Headless Victory,” a mystery.

Why this play?
Literary critic Jacob Glatshteyn called Farvorfen Vinkel one of “the four greatest plays in the Yiddish repertoire.” Indeed, the play does highlight all of the most striking characteristics of Hirschbein’s mature work. By 1912, when this play was written, Hirschbein had abandoned symbolism and returned to his rural roots, dramatizing the lives and loves of rural Jews. The understated quality of this play elevated it to the plane of serious theater, helping to lay the groundwork for the Yiddish art theater movement in America.

A fiesty young woman, caught in a love triangle between the highbred son of her employer and a poor but adoring klezmer player, must decide whether to stoop for love or money. And why is stooping the only choice anyway? Set in a shtetl of romanticized memory, this heart-breaking comedy is based on the Yiddish play The Singer of His Sorrows by Osip Dymov.

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

Feb
5
Wed
Classes for Theater Lovers: The Business of Show Business
Feb 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Business of Show Business

Taught by Managing Director Jojo Ruf
5 sessions, $249 (with subscriber discount: $229*)
Wednesdays, January 15 – February 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The magic we see onstage would not be possible without a lot of creative thinking on the business side. Gain a better understanding of the theater you attend by learning the secrets behind “the business,” from the way an institution creates and markets its season to how union negotiations have shaped our art form.

*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.

Feb
12
Wed
Classes for Theater Lovers: The Business of Show Business
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

The Business of Show Business

Taught by Managing Director Jojo Ruf
5 sessions, $249 (with subscriber discount: $229*)
Wednesdays, January 15 – February 12
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The magic we see onstage would not be possible without a lot of creative thinking on the business side. Gain a better understanding of the theater you attend by learning the secrets behind “the business,” from the way an institution creates and markets its season to how union negotiations have shaped our art form.

*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.