Theater

The Hatmaker’s Wife

Dates : June 5, 2024 — June 25, 2024

Magic and realism collide in this modern fable about learning to love.

A play by Lauren Yee
Directed by Dan Rothenberg

The Hatmaker’s Wife runs approximately 100 minutes.

The 2023-2024 Theater J season wraps up with a production of Lauren Yee’s The Hatmaker’s Wife, directed by Dan Rothenberg, founding member and co-artistic director of Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theatre Company.

Magic and realism collide in this modern fable about learning to love. A young woman moves in with her boyfriend, and when she has trouble getting comfortable, her strange new home seems determined to help out, literally. The walls start to talk, words magically appear, and a golem with a taste for Cheetos gets into the action.

A cross between a ghost story and a Yiddish fable, Lauren Yee’s moving and whimsical The Hatmaker’s Wife redefines home, family, and love.

About the Production

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh*
Tyler Herman*
Ashley D. Nguyen
Michael Russotto*
Sue Jin Song*
Alex Tatarsky

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theater, Theater J, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Director: Dan Rothenberg
Associate Director: Ashley Mapley-Brittle
Scenic Designer: Misha Kachman+
Costume Designer: Ivania Stack+
Lighting Designer: Alberto Segarra+
Sound Designer: Sarah O’Halloran+
Props Designer: Pamela Weiner 
Casting Director: Jenna Place
Dialect Coach: Katie McDonald
Production Stage Manager: Anthony O. Bullock*
Assistant Stage Manager: Miranda Korieth
Assistant Stage Manager: Fior Tat

*Appearing through an Agreement between this theater, Theater J, and Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States
+Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829

Rae Grad and Manuel Schiffres
Arlene and Martin Klepper
Evelyn Sandground and Bill Perkins
Leslie Sewell
Stuart Sotsky
Dr. Kathryn Veal

Creative Connections

Join us for powerful post-show conversations with expert guests to deep dive the themes of The Hatmaker’s Wife.

Creative Connections events are free and open to the public.

Happy Pride from Theater J! Come celebrate with GLOE, NJB+, and more. Use the code HATPRIDE for discounted tickets to this performance, and a free drink at a happy hour before the show!

For more information and to register, fill out the form by clicking here.

Talking walls? Ghosts in the house? A golem with … Cheetos? The Hatmaker’s Wife is full of elements of Jewish mythology, some of which might seem quite familiar – Dybbuks remind us of ghosts come October, and you might see a golem appear in Minecraft! Join panelists, including Theater J favorite Dr. Miriam Isaacs, in discussing how Jewish mythology has become an integral part of American culture.

Join Theater J at Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Community night at The Hatmaker’s Wife! Use code HATAAPI for discounted tickets to this performance, and a free drink at a happy hour before the show!

After the show, come join cast members in a post-show discussion about their work on the production.

The Hatmaker’s Wife tracks a young couple leaving their life in the city to try to make a home for themselves for the first time. For many in DC and across the country, making a home for oneself is harder than ever, with over 400,000 citizens across the US experiencing homelessness in 2022, and homelessness continuing to be on the rise. Come hear from experts working in homelessness advocacy respond to the play, alongside discussing their work working with and fighting for unhoused communities. Don’t miss out on this important discussion.

Panel presented in partnership with the Center For Social Responsibility at the EDCJCC

Accessibility

We provide two open-caption performances: June 21, 12:00 PM, and June 23, 7:30 PM.

The Edlavitch DCJCC provides accessible seating and assisted listening devices upon request. Please contact the Box Office at  boxoffice@edcjcc.org or (202) 777-3210 with questions or requests. Click here more information about accessibility.

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