Intimate Infamy

Eight of our Finest Playwrights Grapple with History and its Legacy
Dragapella Sensation


A Mainstage Premiere

IMAGINING MADOFF August 31–September 25


By Deb Margolin Directed by Alexandra Aron Featuring Rick Foucheux and Mike Nussbaum “Charming, sadistic, and profound...a great work.” – Tony Award-winning Musical

A World Premiere Commission from the creators of Oy Vey in a Manger
“If you haven’t made the acquaintance of the Kinsey Sicks, it’s high time you did.” –The Washington Post Special Encore Run

PARADE September 22–October 30
Book by Alfred Uhry Music by Jason Robert Brown Directed by Stephen Rayne Featuring Euan Morton “Daring and ambitious musical.” –The Independent, London Exclusive to Theater J subscribers: discounted, exchangable premium tickets are being held for a limited time! At Ford’s Theatre. Probing Personal Memoir


February 29–April 1
By David Ives Directed by Jeremy Skidmore Featuring Helen Hayes Award Nominees Alexander Strain and Michael Tolaydo

Culminating with a national symposium debating the continuing writ of excommunication against Spinoza.
Nominated for 3 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Resident Production.

AFTER THE FALL THE WHIPPING MAN October 26–November 27 April 18–May 20
By Arthur Miller Directed by Jose Carrasquillo Featuring Gabriela Fernandez Coffey, Tim Getman, Mitchell Hébert, Jennifer Mendenhall and Kimberly Schraf “Emotinally harrowing, and consumingly commited to telling the truth as Miller sees it–Time Magazine Contemporary Romantic Comedy By Matthew Lopez Directed by Mark Ramont Featuring Alexander Strain and David Emerson Toney “Arresting...emotionally potent...carries a quiet force.” –The New York Times Superman Revealed

Searing Drama

A World Premiere Comedy
By Renee Calarco Directed by Joe Calarco


An East Coast Premiere


The inaugural project of our “Locally Grown: Community Supported Art/ From Our Own Garden” Initiative

“Bright and heartfelt.”–The Washington Post

By David Bar Katz Directed by Shirley Serotsky “Bar Katz has X-ray vision to see into the human soul... his powerful play should be required viewing.” –City Beat, Cincinnati

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May 11–June 12, 2011

From the Artistic Director
In our most recent production, Photograph 51, we presented a portrait of collaboration gone amiss; of partnership between brilliant scientists on the threshold of discovery, with the best samples, the best instruments and scientific equipment, unable to overcome perceived slights, grudges and petty competitive streaks (which is to say, self-generated obstacles); so unable were Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins to move past interpersonal issues that the promise of their potential greatness gave way to regret, remorse, and then, of course, premature finality, as day-to-day dysfunction clouded the horizon of the Great Task before them. Fresh from experiencing that bittersweet history, we step out onto the deck of the Moscow family compound for our season finale, Sam Forman’s terribly funny world premiere about a different kind of daily dysfunction; about jealousies and well-nursed grudges standing in the way of professional advancement and personal fulfillment. The central, binding element of this wicked, yet warm comedy is that of family members unable to enjoy the ample gifts that affluence has afforded them. We see intelligent, loving, mostly attentive parents, each nursing hurt feelings and internalizing filial criticism; and quickly we meet their two sons—intensely competitive, needy, aspiring brothers who, each in their own way, articulate a deep psychological pain and a need to be affirmed. No matter how rich the food, how stunning the view, or how privileged the place on this island of High Society social networking, our Brothers Moscow, Benjamin and Michael, are keenly aware of everything they don’t have and have never received. Each family member’s sense of being aggrieved and left wanting has never really gone away. Like scientists Rosalind Franklin and Maurice Wilkins, Michael and Benjamin Moscow are unable to communicate or collaborate; that is, until the play pushes forward to its finale, earning its comic stripes. This play presents a useful prototype for so many of us with families; or for those who work in organizations where we fail to agree on a present and a future because something isn’t right; resentments are too much etched onto the surface of the skin. It will take these Moscow characters—just as it will take us in real life—time to forgive and to rearticulate a new way of relating—a series of new ways of interacting within this traditional, privileged family structure. By play’s end, characters may stand at the threshold of breakthrough, but they’ll still only get to the other side through lots of hard work. May these Moscows of Nantucket be an inspiration to us all (whether we’re vacationing with family, or not); that from difficult, untrusting, yet loving relationships, may the magic of the ocean, the sand, the sun, the babysitter, and the daffy new daughter-inlaw from Georgia each offer new light, a new way and a new day in which each may help another navigate the challenging crossroads that lie ahead. In that spirit, let us look to the new 2011–2012 season at Theater J with excitement and appreciation for the close community we’ve become. Having been through our most acclaimed, most popular, and most financially remunerative season in our history, we acknowledge that we have nonetheless (or perhaps as a result) triggered the occasional grievance from within a segment of our community. Hopefully, that winter of discontent has given way to a springtime of appreciation, each for the other—a big community that, like each of our families, contains all the melodic strains of the human symphony; elements to be orchestrated into a more perfect union. Join us for a great new season come September, and thank you for having made this past one so memorable, so meaningful, and so fulfilling. -Ari Roth

Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater/Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts

May 11–June 12, 2011

By Sam Forman Directed by Shirley Serotsky


Benjamin Moscow James Flanagan* Michael Moscow Michael Glenn* Virginia Christiansen Heather Haney Richard Moscow Bob Rogerson* Ellen Moscow Susan Rome* Sarah Pearlman Amal Saade

Artistic & Production Team
Scenic Designer Robbie Hayes Lighting Designer Dan Covey** Costume Designer Deb Sivigny** Sound Designer Elisheba Ittoop Stage Manager Karen Currie* Associate Scenic Designer HannaH J. Crowell Scenic Assistant/Props Patrick Lord Assistant Stage Manager Lauren Danzig Lighting Operator Aaron Waxman Scenic Artist Amy Kellet Production Assistants Jasmine Caviness and Julia O’Conner
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association ** Member of United Scenic Artists Local 829

Theater J Extends Special Thanks To
Berkshire Theatre Festival Scott Burka Jane and Charles Forman Sam Gold Greg Keller Anna Kerrigan Steven Scott Mazzola Stage 13 Justin Waldman Beau Willimon Arna Meyer Mickelson has led Theater J and the Washington DCJCC for 25 years. Ms. Mickelson will be retiring in June, and everyone at Theater J thanks her for her excellent leadership and support.

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Theater J’s Angels
This select group has provided generous support for

Patty Abramson & Les Silverman Ann & Donald Brown Jane & Charles Forman Marilyn & Michael Glosserman Loretta Rosenthal Trish & George Vradenburg Natalie Wexler & James Feldman


The Arlene and Robert Kogod New Play Development Program
Arlene & Robert Kogod

Theater J’s Passports Educational Program
The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation

Theater J Council
Marion Ein Lewin Co-Chair Paul Mason Co-Chair Lois Fingerhut Vice-Chair Carolyn Kaplan Vice-Chair Mara Bralove Treasurer Ellen Malasky Secretary Natalie Abrams Patty Abramson Michele G. Berman Deborah Carliner Mimi Conway Myrna Fawcett Ann Gilbert Cheryl Gorelick Yoav Lurie Jack Moskowitz Elaine Reuben Evelyn Sandground Mita Schaffer Hank Schlosberg Andy Shallal Patti Sowalsky Stephen Stern Manny Strauss Barbara Tempchin Trish Vradenburg Joan Wessel Rosa Wiener Irene Wurtzel Bernard Young Margot Zimmerman

Washington DCJCC Leadership
President Mindy Strelitz Chief Executive Officer Arna Meyer Mickelson Chief Operating Officer Margaret Hahn Stern Chief Financial Officer Judith Ianuale Chief Development Officer Mark Spira Chief Programming Officer Joshua Ford


MAY 30 – JUNE 26




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The much anticipated premiere by OBIE Award winner, Deb Margolin. Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet, and investment client, Solomon Galkin. With testimony from Madoff’s personal secretary before the Securities and Exchange Commission, we delve into the minds of two towering men, as their mutual will to confide and confess accelerates through the night.

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A Peek Into The 2011–2012 Season
IMAGINING MADOFF by Deb Margolin • August 31–September 25 The much anticipated premiere by OBIE Award winner, Deb Margolin. Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet, and investment client, Solomon Galkin. With testimony from Madoff’s personal secretary before the Securities and Exchange Commission, we delve into the minds of two towering men, as their mutual will to confide and confess accelerates through the night. PARADE by Alfred Uhry and Jason Robert Brown • September 22–October 30 The Broadway musical about the 1915 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, accused of the murder of a teenage girl in Georgia. Ostracized for his faith and isolated from his world, Leo develops a new and deeper love for his wife, who crusades for his freedom. A compelling and provocative tale of justice miscarried. Exclusive to Theater J subscribers: discounted, exchangable premium tickets are being held for a limited time! At Ford’s Theatre. AFTER THE FALL by Arthur Miller• October 26–November 27 Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life. Yet he is compelled to relive his childhood losses, failed marriages and the controversial politics of the 1950’s Blacklist which turned allies against each other and leaves Quentin, in the end, both noble hero and complicit bystander. THE RELIGION THING by Renee Calarco • January 4–29 Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A brand new comedy about relationships, faith and the fine line between compromise and regret. THE KINSEY SICKS TAKE (A)BACK AMERICA •February 4–19 Join the Kinsey Sicks at the official launch of their groundbreaking campaign to become the first Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet to win the Republican nomination for President! With an ear attuned to current events, watch the gals try to take America (a)back to a place it never was by out-pandering, out-conspiracy theorizing, and out-outlandishing even the most cynical of the current crop of Presidential candidates, all in glorious, tongue-in-cheek four-part harmony. NEW JERUSALEM: THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA by David Ives February 29–April 1 The return of Theater J’s sold-out 2010 production. A literate, suspenseful retelling of the story of the 1656 interrogation of philosopher Baruch De Spinoza, New Jerusalem examines the clash between religion and modernity, faith and philosophy—questions that human beings continue to grapple with. The Washington Post raved, “A gallery of intriguing characters, nonstop enlightened argument and even—hold the phone—a socko finish.” THE WHIPPING MAN by Matthew Lopez •April 18–May 20 1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newly-freed slaves and the son of their former master—a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home—inhabit the disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free. THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY by David Bar Katz • June 6–July 8 Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. In 1930s America, that creator was usually a young Jewish man with an active imagination. Katz’s play illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel—the brains behind Superman’s brawn—and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his uber-mensch son. Siegel wrestles to retain control of his famous comic book sensation as America is drawn into World War II. For more on next season, see the back cover of this program and visit 7

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History of Nantucket •The Wampanoag Indians were the original inhabitants of Nantucket Island. •1659 - The history of Nantucket’s settlement by the English begins when Thomas Mayhew sold his interests to the nine original purchasers for, “thirty pounds... and two Beaver hats; one for myself and one for my wife.” •1673 - Offshore whaling began. By 1715, there were 6 vessels engaged in whaling. By 1719 that number increased to 25, and in 1766 118 whaling vessels shipped out from Nantucket. •The English presence drastically changed Nantucket Harbor the healthy Indian population and, over the next century, the Wampanoag population is weakened by disease, alcohol and debt servitude. •1700–1720 - The town was named Nantucket (Wampanoag for “faraway land”) •Shortly after 1700, Quakerism began to take root and, by the end of the 18th Century, the Society of Friends was the major denomination on the island. •From the mid-1700s to the late 1830s, the island was the whaling capital of the world, with as many as 150 ships making port in Nantucket during its peak. •1840–1870 - Gold is discovered in California, many islanders go west to seek their fortunes. Census figures document the loss of 60 percent of the island’s population. •1869 - The last whaling ship leaves Nantucket and never returns. •1870s - When the whaling era ended, commercial shipping gave way to recreational boating. Daily excursions from the mainland on graceful old steamers brought the first summer visitors. The first generation of “developers” on Nantucket built cottages and summer houses, advertising them in the Boston and New York newspapers. Island housewives took in summer boarders and great hotels were built in town. •1880 - The American tradition of summer vacations was established. Nantucket was discovered as an ideal spot for vacationing. Tourism became the principle source of income for island residents. Fun Facts About Nantucket •Nantucket’s year-round population is a little over 10,000. At the peak of the summer, the area’s population increases to as many as 56,000. •Frederick Douglass gave his first speech before an all-white audience in the Nantucket Atheneum’s Great Hall in 1841. •Herman Melville based his novel Moby-Dick on the true and tragic tale of a Nantucket whaling ship called The Essex. •Nantucket is a town, a county, and an island. It is the only place in America with the same name for all three. •Because of the gray shingles and frequent fog, Nantucket is affectionately referred to as the “Little Gray Lady of the Sea.” •Women traditionally ran the town of Nantucket, as their husbands traveled the seas for years at a time. •Nantucket has more than 800 houses still standing that were built before the Civil War. Special thanks to: Helen Winslow Chase, Roger A. Young, Ben Garneau, John McLaughlin, and Coleen J. Barth of the Nantucket Historical Association’s Research Center. 8

“Long Island, befitting its name, is very big. Nantucket is not. Essentially, the island is a triangle of which the two barrier sides are roughly eight miles and fourteen miles long, depending on how you measure them...Our size therefore is finite; the texture of our daily life oddly delicate...”
“Nantucket on My Mind” by David Halberstam
‘Wanwinet Idyll’ by Kathleen Kelliher

Additional Programming for THE MOSCOWS OF NANTUCKET
Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. Discussions take place weekly, following Sunday matinees and other selected evenings. All topics, panelists and dates are subject to change. For additional discussions, names of panelists, and updates, please visit and click “beyond the stage”

Wednesday, May 11 at 9:00 pm and Thursday, May 12 at 9:00 pm: Artistic Director
Ari Roth leads thoughts on a preview

Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 pm: Playwright Sam Forman and Ari Roth respond to the audience Thursday, May 26 at 9:00 pm: Cast Talkback

5x5: Local Playwrights Respond to THE MOSCOWS OF NANTUCKET
Theater J invites local playwrights to respond to the pertinent issues of sibling rivalry, making a life in the arts, and interfaith marriage, as dramatized by The Moscows of Nantucket. Playwrights are asked to attend a performance, then write a five-minute play inspired by the show. Five of these plays will be chosen to be read by professional actors following the June 12 matinee of The Moscows of Nantucket. The deadline for play submission is Friday, May 20, 2011. Plays can be submitted via email to Call (202) 777-3230 or email for more information.


Sunday, June 12 at 4:30 pm: Scenes of Rivalry

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About the Artists
James Flanagan (Benjamin Moscow) is delighted to return to Theater J, where he recently played in the ensemble of Photograph 51. Other credits include House of Gold at Woolly Mammoth; dark play or stories for boys at Forum Theatre; The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at The Studio Theatre 2nd Stage; columbinus at Round House Theatre; Hamlet, Kimberly Akimbo, and Arcadia at Rep Stage; and other productions with Quotidian Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, VSA arts, The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Longacre Lea Productions, Taffety Punk’s Bootleg Shakespeare, Hub Theatre Company, and New York Theatre Workshop. Later this spring, he’ll appear in Quotidian Theatre’s production of The Cherry Orchard. James earned his bachelor’s degree from Towson University and is a company member at Hub Theatre in Reston, VA. Special thanks to everyone at Theater J, the Flanagan family, and Grace. Michael Glenn (Michael Moscow) is happy to be returning to the stage of Theater J after appearing as Francis Crick in Photograph 51. Michael has been a DC-based actor for over a decade, appearing in dozens of productions in many area theaters. Some favorites include Cat’s Cradle, The Hothouse, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Helen Hayes Nomination), Dumb Waiter and Dogg’s Hamlet/Cahoot’s Macbeth with Longacre Lea; Henry VIII (Helen Hayes Nomination), Arcadia and Twelfth Night at the Folger Shakespeare Library; Clybourne Park (Helen Hayes Nomination) at Woolly Mammoth; A Flea in Her Ear and On the Razzle with Constellation Theatre Company; The Lieutenant of Inishmore and Fallen From Proust at Signature Theatre; A Skull in Connemara, The Underpants, and Major Barbara (Helen Hayes Nomination) with Washington Stage Guild and Blood Knot (Mary Goldwater Award) and As You Like It with ACTCo. Michael can be seen next in Woolly Mammoth’s summer remount of Clybourne Park. Heather Haney (Virginia Christiansen) is delighted to be working at Theater J for the first time! Most recently, she was seen in On the Razzle with Constellation Theatre Company. Some favorite DC productions include Constellation Theatre Company’s The Ramayana, A Flea in Her Ear and Temptation; Forum Theatre’s The Last Days of Judas Iscariot; Longacre Lea’s Cat’s Cradle, Artist Descending a Staircase/The Oogatz Man and Washington Shakespeare Company’s Mary Stuart, Hedda Gabler, and Caligula. Heather is a company member of Constellation Theatre Company, Longacre Lea and Washington Shakespeare Company, and has the pleasure to work with several other companies around town, including Rorschach Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Spooky Action Theatre and The Inkwell. She received her BA in Drama and Dance from Ithaca College and will next be seen this summer in the remount of The Ramayana with Constellation Theatre Company. Bob Rogerson (Richard Moscow) has had the pleasure to work with the likes of Terry Schreiber, Edward Norton, Vivian Matalon, Betty Buckley, Bob Hoskins, Cher and Richard Benjamin. Mr. Rogerson is one of the founding members of The Actors’ Process: an actor’s continuing study program, which addresses the work of professional actors. He currently teaches acting at Christopher Newport University while continuing to be active in theater, film and television. Since his first professional theater opportunity at Boston’s Charles Playhouse in 1977, he has appeared in over 100 stage productions. As a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Rogerson has worked in almost every medium of the entertainment industry. And when he’s not acting? He chases his other passions —his bride and their 7-year-old daughter. Susan Rome (Ellen Moscow) has previously appeared in The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, The Last Seder, and Spring Forward, Fall Back at Theater J. Other local credits include Richard III, Macbeth, and All’s Well That Ends Well at Baltimore Shakespeare Festival and A Shayna Maidel at Rep Stage. Regional credits include The Substance of Fire at the Mark Taper Forum and The Legacy at Seattle Center Stage. TV credits include “NYPD Blue” and four seasons as DA Ilene Nathan on “The Wire”. Films she has appeared in include John Waters’ A Dirty Shame and My One and Only (dir. Richard Loncraine). Susan is also the Performing Arts Department head at 10

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the Baltimore Lab School. So much love and gratitude to Seamus and Pat. Amal Saade (Sarah Pearlman) is thrilled to be back at Theater J, where she appeared last season as Tehila in Mikveh. Recent credits also include Cinderella and Her Sisters at The Olney Theatre Center, The Network at The Source Theatre Festival, Winter Klecksography at Rorschach Theatre, Equilibrium and Into the Outside with The Capital Fringe Festival, and Goat Song for Asa Jacobs with The Kennedy Center’s University Playwright’s Workshop. Amal received her BA in theater from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of The Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory. Shirley Serotsky (Director) is the Director of Literary and Public Programs here at Theater J, where she directed the 2010 production of Mikveh, and the 2009 production of The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (which received a 2010 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding New Play); and where she serves as staff dramaturg. She works as a freelance director in the Washington, DC area and beyond, and is particularly interested in the development of new work. Recent directing credits include: Juno and the Paycock (Washington Shakespeare Company); a staged reading of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo for the National New Play Network at Arena Stage; This is Not a Timebomb (The Source Festival of New Work); a staged reading of Clementine and the Cyber Ducks (Inkwell Inkubator Festival); Picnic at Hanging Rock (Catholic University); Five Flights and Two Rooms (Theater Alliance); Crumble (Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake) and We Are Not These Hands (Catalyst Theater); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Rorschach Theater, for which she received a 2007 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Director); Sovereignty (The Humana Festival of New Plays); As American As and After Darwin (Journeymen Theater); Steel Magnolias (The Ice House); Powerhouse (2008 CapFringe Festival);Cautionary Tales for Adults and the Many Adventures of Trixie Tickles (2007 CapFringe); LUNCH (2007 New York Musical Theater Festival & 2006 CapFringe), Titus! The Musical (2009 Capfringe and Source Theatre); The Winter’s Tale (Sonnet Repertory); The Superfriends of Flushing, Queens (Columbia University) and Starlet for Sale (Expanded Arts). Training: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts. Shirley is a Company Member of the Hub Theatre in Northern Virginia. She was a member of the 2002 Designer/Director Workshop with Ming Cho Lee and the 2003 Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Sam Forman (Playwright) is a writer for the stage, screen and TV. He co-created (with Beau Willimon) the Civil War era television pilot Hickory Hill for AMC. Sam is the lyricist and co-book author for the musical I Sing! which has been produced commercially off-Broadway and in theaters around the world. A CD recording of the York Theater Concert Cast of I Sing! is available in stores worldwide from Jay Records. Sam’s other plays and musicals include: The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (Stage 13, NYC dir. Sam Gold; Theater J, Washington DC dir. Shirley Serotsky, Helen Hayes Nomination 2010) We The People (TheaterWorks USA) F#@king Up Everything (Award for Excellence in Book Writing NYMF 2009 dir. Stephen Brackett) The Grille Room (Cherry Lane Mentor Project, dir. Thomas Kail), Quarterlife (Ford Center, NYC workshop dir. by Mark Brokaw; Pico Playhouse, Los Angeles, CA dir. Matt Doherty) Please Stop Talking (Cherry Lane Theater, NYC dir. Erwin Mass ; Willlamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Portia Krieger), Fringical! (Ars Nova, NYC; American Theatre of Actors, NYMF 2004, dir. Thomas Kail) Schmoozy Togetherness (Williamstown Theatre Festival, dir. Johanna McKeon) The Quiet Game (Hangar Theater, Ithaca NY dir. Daniel Kramer) Krankenhaus Blues (Blue Heron Theater, NYC, The Abingdon Theatre, NYC, dir. Donna Mitchell) Hunter for Hunter Green and Narcissus and Goldstein (Singularity Company, NYC dir. Benjamin Salka) Upcoming projects include: Volleygirls (book by Rob Ackerman) Tricia Walsh-Smith In Concert (dir. Alex Timbers) and Roller Boogie: The Musical (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge MA, dir. Jen Wineman). Sam is an alumni of Youngblood at EST, Ars Nova’s Play Group and the producer of Creation Nation which The New York Times has called: “A late night cabaret phenomenon.” Sam is a member of the WGA, The Dramatist’s Guild and is represented by CAA. Robbie Hayes (Scenic Designer) is happy to return to Theater J, having designed Laughter Through Tears and The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall. Robbie serves as the Technical Director and Designer for the Theater and Performance Studies Program and the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University. At Georgetown, he has been the Lighting Designer for The Race, Wisconsin Death Trip, Trees and Ghosts, Big Love, Eurydice, Gospel at Colonus, The Skin of our Teeth, Dream Boy, Right as Rain, Sleep, and Dr. Korczak and the Children. And, he has been the Scenic Designer for The Glass Menagerie, The Grace of Mary Traverse, Six Characters 11

in Search of an Author, Pentacost, Lysistrata, Anansi, Stuff Happens, and Dr. Korczak and the Children. DC Design credits include scenery for The Pavillion (The Hub), References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot, This Storm is What we call Progress, The Skin of our Teeth, Living Dead in Denmark (Rorschach Theatre where he is a company member); As American As, Neglect, and Getting Out with Journeymen Theater, Scenes from the Big Picture and Lighting for The Drunkard (Solas Nua), and Crumble (Lay me down Justin Timberlake) with Catalyst. He has also designed in Chicago, San Francisco, Toronto, New York and Hong Kong. Dan Covey (Lighting Designer) is all aglow to continue working with director Shirley Serotsky, helping her bring to light a vision of this new family comedy by writer Sam Forman. Previously Dan designed the lights for Theater J’s productions of Photograph 51, Mikveh (also directed by Shirley Serotsky), In Darfur, The Seagull on 16th Street, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, Hannah & Martin, and Passing The Love of Women. His Off-Broadway credits include taking DC productions of Sholom Aleichem to the The National Yiddish Theatre/Folksbiene, Beyond Glory to Roundabout Theatre, and columbinus to The New York Theatre Workshop. He is a member of the United Scenic Artists Local 829. Dan received Portland, Oregon’s Drammy Award for work at Portland Center Stage’s production of Sometimes A Great Notion. In 2001 he received the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lighting Design for his work on The Tempest at Folger Theatre. Visit Deb Sivigny (Costume Designer) is thrilled to be back at Theater J where she designed The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall, Mikveh and String Fever. Most recent credits include George and Martha: Tons of Fun and The Day John Henry Came to School at Imagination Stage, The Glass Menagerie and Suddenly, Last Summer (scenic design) at Georgetown University where she is a resident faculty artist. She has also worked at the Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre 2ndStage, Colorado Shakespeare Fesitval, Academy for Classical Acting, Washington Shakespeare Company, Theater Alliance, Journeymen Theatre, Catalyst Theatre and Rorschach Theatre where she is a company member. She has an MFA in costume design from the University of Maryland and a BA from Middlebury College. Future endeavors include Birds of a Feather at the Hub and the remount of Glass Menagerie at Arena Stage. Elisheba Itoop (Sound Designer) is thrilled to be back at Theater J. In the Washington area, her designs and original music have been heard at The Kennedy Center (American Scrapbook, Teddy Roosevelt and the Ghostly Mistletoe, Mermaids, Monsters and The World Painted Purple), Roundhouse Theatre (The Talented Mr. Ripley), The Studio Theatre (Songs of the Dragons, That Face, The Receptionist), Forum Theatre (One Flea Spare), No Rules Theatre Company (Touch), Lincoln Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, and Catholic University. Regional credits also include Alliance Theatre, Virginia Stage Company, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. Elisheba was a resident sound designer at the O’Neill Theater for the 2010 National Playwrights Conference, recipient of the Kenan Fellowship at the Kennedy Center, and winner of the 2008 USITT Rising Star Award. She holds an MFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. Karen Currie (Stage Manager) has worked with Theater J on The Odd Couple, The Four of Us, Lost in Yonkers, The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall, Honey Brown Eyes, 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother, Speed the Plow, and Either Or, as well as numerous readings. In addition, Karen has worked locally on One Arm and the Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival at Georgetown University; Cymbeline at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Sycamore Trees, Les Miserables, and The Happy Time at Signature Theatre; Seascape, Dr. Cook’s Garden, Thicker Than Water, The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Cops, Drama Under the Influence and The Autumn Garden at The American Century Theater; Two-Headed, The Royal Hunt of the Sun, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, and Titus Andronicus at Washington Shakespeare Company; Nutshell at DC Dollies & Rocket Bitch Revue; You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Low Level Panic at Open Circle Theater. Karen was a co-founder and producer for Spellbound Theatreworks, an off-off-Broadway company, where productions included Twelfth Night, HAiR, The Last Session, A Woman of No Importance, and Hear My Song. Karen holds an MA in Arts Management from American University. HannaH J. Crowell (Associate Scenic Designer) has most recently designed props for Photograph 51, The Four of Us, Zero Hour and The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall at Theater J and was the scenic and props designer for In Darfur. She primarily works as a scenic designer in the Washington, DC area. Her local scenic design credits include Locomotion at Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences; Touch at No Rules Theatre Co.; Forever Plaid and Ain’t Misbehavin at Olney Theatre Center; Spot’s Birthday Party, Holes, and If You Give A Mouse A Cookie at Adventure Theatre; Receptionist at Studio Theatre 2ndStage and Separated At Birth at Dog & Pony DC. Upcom12

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ing projects include If You Give a Cat a Cupcake at Adventure Theatre and The Glass Menagerie at Georgetown University. HannaH received her degree from North Carolina School of the Arts. Ari Roth (Artistic Director) is concluding his 14th season as Artistic Director at Theater J where, together with a dedicated staff, he has produced 98 full productions, including 33 English language world premieres, and many more workshop presentations. Also a playwright, Mr. Roth has seen his work produced across the country, as well as at Theater J, where productions include Goodnight Irene, Life In Refusal, Love & Yearning in the Not-for-Profits, Oh, The Innocents, and a repertory production of Born Guilty, originally commissioned and produced by Arena Stage, based on the book by Peter Sichrovsky, together with its sequel, The Wolf in Peter (recently presented as The Born Guilty Cycle by the Epic Theatre Ensemble). His plays have been nominated for five Helen Hayes Awards, including Best Resident Production, and two Charles A. MacArthur Awards. He is a 1998 and 2003 recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts playwriting grant, three-time winner of the Helen Eisner Award, two-time winner of the Avery Hopwood Award, fourtime recipient of commissions from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture and recipient of the Mertyl Wreath Award from Hadassah. He was recently named one of The Forward 50, a recognition from The Forward newspaper honoring fifty nationally prominent “men and women who are leading the American Jewish community into the 21st Century.” He has taught for the University of Michigan for 15 years, currently for their “Michigan in DC” program, as well as for Brandeis, NYU and Carnegie Mellon Universities. Sarah Rayer (Managing Director) is thrilled to be the newest member of the Theater J team. She comes to Theater J with an MBA from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and a decade of work in prominent New York Theaters including Playwrights Horizons and The Public Theater. At the Public, she served as assistant to the Artistic Producer, Rosemarie Tichler and Administrative Director of The Shakespeare Lab. Prior to her work in producing, Sarah worked for four years in casting on projects such as “Law & Order,” The Lion King, and many of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park (initiatives and readings). She’s worked as an Associate Producer for Eve Ensler’s V-Day (a social awareness and engagement initiative of The Vagina Monologues) at Madison Square Garden; Sarah also Associate Produced for “A Net of Souls: A Borrowed Light - Voices from Women in Prison.” In addition to her theater work, Ms. Rayer has a consulting company: S. Rayer Associates.
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Theater J Staff
Artistic Director Ari Roth Managing Director Sarah Rayer Associate Producer Delia Taylor Director of Marketing & Communications Grace Overbeke Director of Community Outreach & New Media Becky Peters Director of Literary & Public Programs Shirley Serotsky Director of Patron Services Tara Brady Development Associate Gavi Young Casting Director Naomi Robin Technical Director and Master Carpenter Thomas Howley Head Electrician Garth Dolan MCCA Operations Director Daniel Risner Construction Crew Antonio Bullock, Ellen Houseknecht, Meaghan Toohey, Load-in Crew Ellen Houseknecht, Kevin Laughon, Ian Millholland, Cathryn Salisbury-Valerien Front of House Raha Behnam, Bonnie Berger, Elizabeth Heir and Hadiya Rice For a full list of Theater J staff bios, visit and click on “About Us”


Friends Of Theater J
Theater J is, at its core, a playwrights’ theater and as such, we have named our giving levels in honor of Jewish playwrights and two of their director/producers. We gratefully acknowledge our current donors who have supported us for the 2010–2011 season to date. We ask our many long-time supporters and new friends of the theater to join them in underwriting this exciting season. (This list is current as of April 15, 2011.)
Executive Producing Show Sponsor ($25,000 and above) The Robert M. Fisher Memorial Foundation The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington National Endowment for the Arts The Shubert Foundation Alfred P. Sloan Foundation The EST/Sloan Project Wendy Wasserstein Grand Angel ($15,000 - $24,999) Charlotte & Hank Schlosberg Patti & Jerry Sowalsky The George Wasserman Family Foundation Harold Clurman Champion Angel ($10,000 - $14,999) Carolyn & Warren Kaplan The Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation Trish & George Vradenburg Irene & Alan Wurtzel Ellen & Bernard Young Tony Kushner Collaborating Angel ($7,500 - $9,999) Esthy & James Adler Deborah Carliner & Robert Remes The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Marion & Larry Lewin Evelyn Sandground & Bill Perkins Joseph Papp Producing Angel ($5,000 - $7,499) Patty Abramson & Les Silverman Anne & Ronald Abramson Joan & Peter Andrews Michele & Allan Berman Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation Louie & Ralph Dweck Lois & Richard England Lois & Michael Fingerhut Jane & Charles Forman Dr. Kenneth & Cheryl Gorelick Fund Kovler Foundation-Judy & Peter Kovler Zena & Paul Mason Judith Morris & Marvin Weissberg Faye & Jack Moskowitz The Omega Foundation Elaine Reuben Margaret Hahn Stern & Stephen Stern Natalie Wexler & James Feldman Rosa D. Wiener Judy & Leo Zickler Lillian Hellman Supporting Angel ($3,000 - $4,999) The Family of H. Max & Josephine F. Ammerman & Andrew Ammerman Natalie & Paul Abrams The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Al Munzer & Joel Wind Diane & Arnold Polinger Loretta Rosenthal The Abe & Kathryn Selsky Foundation Joan Wessel Arthur Miller Mentor ($1,500 - $2,999) Susan & Dixon Butler Myrna Fawcett Ann & Frank Gilbert Debbie J. Goldman Mimi Conway & Dennis Houlihan Lisa Fuentes & Thomas Cohen Sandra & Arnold Leibowitz Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Marjan & Andy Shallal Margot & Paul Zimmerman David Mamet Muse ($1,000 - $1,499) Elizabeth Berry Mara Bralove & Ari Fisher The Center for Cultural Judaism, Inc. Marjory Goldman Laine & Norton Katz Betsy Karmin & Manny Strauss Amy & Kenneth Krupsky Melanie Franco Nussdorf & Lawrence Nussdorf Chaya & Walter Roth Rhea Schwartz & Paul Wolff Victor Shargai Rona & Allan Mendelsohn Janet Solinger Neil Simon Stage Benefactor ($500 - $999) Babs & Rabbi A.N. Abramowitz Carolyn Small Alper Richard Belle Michele & Alan Berman Richard I. Bloch Steven des Jardins Daniel Edelman Marlin & David Feldman Ina Ginsburg Frances E. Goldman Gayle & David Greene Tamara & Harry Handelsman Carol & Robert Hausman Ira Hillman & Jeremy Barber Linda & Steven Hirsch Lauren & Glen Howard Estelle & Dr. Irving Jacobs Rachel Jacobson & Eric Olsen In Memory of MJ Bear Elizabeth Karmin & Emanuel Strauss Ellen & Gary Malasky David Marlin Lynne & Donald Myers Undine & Carl Nash Trudy & Gary Peterson Toby Port & Jeffrey Ahl Steven M. Rosenberg & Stewart C. Low III Deborah & Michael Salzberg Anne & Richard Solomon Marsha E. Swiss & Dr. Ronald M. Costell Barbara & Stanley Tempchin Annie & Sami Totah Francine Zorn Trachtenberg & Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Betty L. Ustun Stephanie & Fernando Van Reigersberg Beverly Walcoff Julie & David Zalkind Sholom Asch Admirer ($350 - $499) Paula Seigle Goldman Shoshana & Peter Grove Barbara Harris Iris & Michael Lav Michael Lewis Yoav Lurie Lois & Basil Schiff Linda Segal Sandra & Dale Stein Paddy Chayefsky Champion ($175 - $349) Anonymous (2) Michael Abramowitz Paul S. Berger Elaine & Richard Binder Ronald Bleeker Goldie Blumenstyk Susan & Steven Bralove Mady Chalk Rosalind & Donald Cohen Miriam J. Cutler & Paul Saldit Meredith Deborah Peter & Shelly Dreifuss Barbara & Samuel Dyer Eva Feglova & Lawrence Somer Susan & Michael Friedman Marjory Goldman Patricia & Stephen Goldman Linda & Jack Golodner Ellen & Barney Goodman Martha Winter Gross & Robert Tracy Ritalou Harris Edith & Arthur Hessel Faye & Aaron Hillman Marvin Kalb Aviva Kempner Adrienne Kohn & Garry Grossman William Kreisberg Neal Krucoff Dianne & Herbert Lerner Joy Lerner & Stephen Kelin Arthur Le Van Tina Martin & Mita Schaffer


Friends Of Theater J (continued)
Joy Midman Dianne Modell & Robert Hoffman Sue Morss Tena Nauheim & David Harrison Vivian L. Pollock Barbara Rappaport Erica & Douglas Rosenthal Loretta Rosenthal Diane & Steven Rothman Leona & Jerrold Schecter Ms. Terry Schubach Sylvia Shenk & Yori Aharoni Beverly & Harlan Sherwat Lynnette Spira Mindy Strelitz & Andrew Cornblatt Deborah Tannen & Michael Macovski Susan Tannenbaum & David Osterhout Gitta Fajerstein Walchirk Diane Abelman Wattenberg Marjorie & Allan Weingold T. Michael Wight Deborah Yaffe Debbie & Steven Young Ben Hecht Booster ($75 - $174) Susan & Alan Apter Anonymous Huguette Auerswald Deborah Berkowitz & Geoffrey Garin Sharon Bernier Edith Bralove Dr. Lloyd Brodsky Karen & John Burgess Susan & Marshall Bykofsky Wallace Chandler Esther Coopersmith Helen Darling & Brad Gray Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb & Ms. Minna Scherlinder Morse Leona & Donald Drazin Alison Drucker & Thomas Holzman Dr. & Mrs. Burton Epstein Lois & Michael Fingerhut Stuart Fischer Anne & Al Fishman Kit Gage & Steven Metalitz Renee Gier Marcia Goldberg Morton Goren Michael Gottesman Judith & Albert Grollman Jack Hahn Morton Halperin Carol & Robert Hausman Peggy Heller Evelyn Hirsch Rachel Jacobson & Eric Olsen Rosalyn & Gary Jonas Betty-Chia Karro & Henry Gassner Helene & Allan Kahan Dana & Ray Koch Adrienne Kohn & Garry Grossman Beth Kramer Martin Krubit Michael Lewis Bill Levenson Faiga G. Levine Mary & Edward Levy Hannah & Tim Lipman Susan & Donald Lubick Rosalie Lurie Madeline & Gerald Malovany Noreen Marcus & Jay Sushelsky Tina M. Martin Thomas Merrick Jolynne Miller Nancy & Richard Millstein Caroline & Michael Mindel Mona & Leonard Mitnick Tena Nauheim & David Harrison Nonna Noto Susan & James Pitterman Deborah Prigal Lauren & Sam Racoosin Joan & Ludwig Rudel Froma & Jerome Sandler Phyllis & Raymond Scalettar Anne & Barry Schenof Faye & Norman Seltzer Michelle Sender Margaret Sohn & Harvey Cohen Richard Solloway Helen & Jonathan Sunshine Virginia & James Vitarello Mindy & Sheldon Weisel Sandra Weiswasser Stephen Werner Adam Winkleman


Washington DCJCC Donors
The Washington DCJCC wishes to thank all those who made contributions to the 16th Street J to help support our programs during the 2010 fiscal year (July 1, 2009–June 30, 2010). Your support has been invaluable in allowing us to create and sustain programs of excellence throughout the year.
$100,000 + Ann Loeb Bronfman* The Robert M. Fisher Memorial Foundation The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington $50,000 - $99,999 The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation DC Office on Aging Melanie Franco Nussdorf & Lawrence Nussdorf Howard & Geraldine Polinger Family Foundation ServeDC - The Mayor’s Office on Volunteerism David Bruce Smith United Jewish Endowment Fund $25,000 - $49,999 Jamie & Joseph A. Baldinger Diane & Norman Bernstein DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities Louie & Ralph Dweck Brenda Gruss & Daniel Hirsch Tamara & Harry Handelsman Stuart Kurlander National Endowment for the Arts The Shubert Foundation, Inc. Robert H Smith* Family Foundation Patti & Jerry Sowalsky $15,000 - $24,999 Lisa & Josh Bernstein Ryna, Melvin*, Marcella & Neil Cohen Ginny & Irwin Edlavitch Susan & Michael Gelman Alexander Greenbaum Martha Winter Gross & Robert Tracy Carolyn & Warren Kaplan Barbara & Jack Kay Arlene & Robert Kogod Jacob & Charlotte Lehrman Foundation Charlotte & Hank Schlosberg Schoenbaum Family Foundation George Wasserman Family Foundation, Inc. $10,000 - $14,999 Patty Abramson & Les Silverman Esthy & Jim Adler Michele & Allan Berman Susie & Kenton Campbell Deborah Carliner & Robert Remes Debra Lerner Cohen & Edward Cohen Lois & Richard England Family Foundation Rena & Michael Gordon Susy & Thomas Kahn Judy & Peter Kovler Thelma & Melvin Lenkin Marion & Larry Lewin Faye & Jack Moskowitz Diane & Arnold Polinger Deborah & Michael Salzberg Rhea Schwartz & Paul Wolff The Abe & Kathryn Selsky Foundation Francine Zorn Trachtenberg & Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Trish & George Vradenburg Natalie Wexler & James Feldman Carolyn & William Wolfe Irene & Alan Wurtzel Judy & Leo Zickler $5,000 - $9,999 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences American Jewish World Service The Family of H. Max & Josephine F. Ammerman & Andrew Ammerman Melinda Bieber & Norman Pozez Max N. Berry Ann & Donald Brown Naomi & Nehemiah Cohen Foundation Sara Cohen & Norman Rich Rose & Robert Cohen CrossCurrents Foundation The Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Embassy of Israel Lois & Richard England Federal Emergency Management Agency Marilyn & Michael Glosserman Cheryl Gorelick Deborah Harmon & Robert Seder G. Scott Hong Humanities Council of Washington,DC William Kreisberg Jacqueline & Marc Leland Joy Lerner & Stephen Kelin Elyse & Jeffrey Linowes Linda Lipsett & Jules Bernstein MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger Linda & Sid Moskowitz Kathy & Thomas Raffa Renay & William Regardie Elaine Reuben Rae Ringel & Amos Hochstein Beth Rubenstein & Evan Markiewicz Lynn & John Sachs Evelyn Sandground & Bill Perkins Emily Schoenbaum Tina & Albert Small Jr. Barbara & Michael Smilow Mindy Strelitz & Andrew Cornblatt Lori & Les Ulanow Joan Wessel Rosa D. Wiener Ellen & Bernard Young Rory & Shelton Zuckerman $2,500 - $4,999 Anonymous Rabbi & Babs Abramowitz Natalie & Paul Abrams Amy & Stephen Altman Larry Axelrod Joan & Alan Berman Elizabeth Berry Rita & David Brickman Nicholas Chocas Cyna & Paul Cohen Margery Doppelt & Larry Rothman Exxon Mobil Corporation Myrna Fawcett Lois & Michael Fingerhut Joanne Fungaroli Marsha Gentner & Joe Berman Debra Goldberg & Seth Waxman The Aaron & Cecile Goldman Foundation Roberta Hantgan Horning Brothers Corporation Betsy Karmin & Manny Strauss Connie & Jay Krupin Barbara Kurshan Susan & Samuel Lehrman Sandra & Arnold Leibowitz Edward Lenkin Geoffrey Mackler Zena & Paul J. Mason Alfred Munzer & Joel Wind PNC Bank Points of Light Institute Posner-Wallace Foundation Toni Ritzenberg Loretta Rosenthal Debra & Jonathan Rutenberg Sandra & Ivan Sabel Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation Sanford Schwartz Sprint Foundation Saul I. Stern* Katherine & Thomas Sullivan Theatre Communications Group, Inc. The Washington Post Company Matthew Watson


Washington DCJCC Donors (continued)
Diane Abelman Wattenberg Judith & Herbert Weintraub $1,000 - $2,499 Sandy & Clement Alpert American Technion Society Agatha & Laurence Aurbach Dorothy Bennett Linda & Michael Berg Tracy & Adam Bernstein Suanne & Richard Beyda Lynn & Wolf Blitzer Frances & Leonard Burka Susan & Dixon Butler Jane & Calvin Cafritz Ruth & Mortimer Caplin Mimi Conway & Dennis Houlihan Toby Dershowitz Faith Diamond Nava & Mark Ely Diana Engel Gayle & John Engel Laura & Michael Faino Jane & Charlie Fink Susan & Jay Finkelstein Linda & Jay Freedman Geico Philanthropic Foundation Richard Gerber German Embassy Donna & Jon Gerstenfeld Sarah & Bernard Gewirz Cathy & Michael Gildenhorn Carol & Henry Goldberg Marjory Goldman Paula Seigle Goldman Shoshana & Peter Grove Erwin Gudelsky Istituto Italiano di Cultura Rachel Jacobson & Eric Olsen JCC Association Sally Kaplan Laine & Norton Katz Aviva Kempner Ceceile Klein Linda Klein Bette & William Kramer Lisa Landmeier & Hugo Roell Sandra & Stephen Lachter Dianne & Herbert Lerner The Samuel Levy Family Foundation Steven Lockshin Steven Lustig Ellen & Gary Malasky Peter Mancoll Cathryn & Scot McCulloch Rona & Allan Mendelsohn Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Lindsay & Aaron Miller Patrice & Herbert Miller Shirlee Ornstein Glenna & David Osnos Peggy Parsons Ruth & Stephen Pollak Toby Port Ravsak: The Jewish Community Day School Hillary & Jonathan Reinis Carol Risher Paula & Bruce Robinson Joan & Barry Rosenthal Chaya & Walter Roth Jane Nathan Rothschild Sharon Russ & David Rubin Victor Shargai Michael Singer Ann Sislen Richard Solloway Jane & Daniel Solomon Margaret Hahn Stern & Stephen Stern Marsha E. Swiss & Ronald M. Costell Embassy of Switzerland Tabard Corporation Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington Rita & David Trachtenberg United Way of the National Capital Area Marion & Michael Usher Lise Van Susteren & Jonathan Kempner Cynthia Wolloch & Joseph Reid Margot & Paul Zimmerman
Due to space limitations, only donors of $1,000 or more are listed. The Washington DCJCC would like to thank all of our many donors for the important impact they have on our work. * of blessed memory


A Washington Premiere! Winner of the 1999 Tony Award for Best Book and Music

Based on the true story of the trial and lynching of Leo Frank
A co-production with Theater J Book by Alfred Uhry; Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown; Co-conceived by Harold Prince; Choreographed by Karma Camp; Directed by Stephen Rayne

September 23-October 30, 2011
Tickets: (800) 982-2787 | Members: (202) 434-9545 Groups: (202) 638-0929 |

About Theater J
Hailed by The New York Times as “The Premier Theater for Premieres,” and nominated for almost fifty Helen Hayes awards, Theater J has emerged as one of the most distinctive, progressive and respected Jewish theaters on the national and international scene. A program of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center, the theater works in collaboration with other components of the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts: the Washington Jewish Film Festival, the Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, and the Literary, Music and Dance Department. Theater J produces thought-provoking, publicly engaged, personal, passionate and entertaining plays and musicals that celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part of the Jewish cultural legacy. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s premier playwrights’ theaters, Theater J presents cutting edge contemporary work alongside spirited revivals and is a nurturing home for the development and production of new work by major writers and emerging artists exploring many of the pressing moral and political issues of our time. Dedicated above all to a pursuit of artistic excellence, Theater J takes its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. We frequently partner with those of other faiths and communities, stressing the importance of interchange among a great variety of people wishing to take part in frank, humane conversations about conflict and culture. Performing in the 240-seat Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood, Theater J works with some of the world’s most distinguished authors for the stage. It has produced world premieres by Richard Greenberg, Thomas Keneally, Robert Brustein, Joyce Carol Oates and Ariel Dorfman, with many debuts from emerging writers like Stefanie Zadravec and Sam Forman. The late Wendy Wasserstein’s play Third, which began at Theater J, received its New York premiere at Lincoln Center Theatre, while Neena Beber received an OBIE for her New York production of Jump/Cut. Theater J’s diverse body of work features thematically- linked festivals including its “Voices From a Changing Middle East” series. In 2009 Theater J received a special citation in The Washington Post recognizing Theater J’s Israel-related programming. With hit productions ranging from Talley’s Folly and The Disputation to Pangs of the Messiah, The Price, Honey Brown Eyes (Winner of the 2009 Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play), Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall, Zero Hour (for which Jim Brochu won the 2010 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a non-resident production) In Darfur, Mikveh and New Jerusalem (2011 Helen Hayes Award Nominees), it’s no surprise that Washingtonian Magazine notes, “Theater J productions keep going from strength to strength.” Winner of the 2008 Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in an Artistic Discipline, Theater J offers a number of additional programs including Artistic Director’s Roundtables, Tea at 2 (a monthly reading series) and the Passports Educational Program. Theater J has garnered support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and The Shubert Foundation. Theater J is a member of the Cultural Alliance, the League of Washington Theatres, TCG and the Association for Jewish Theatre. Photos by Stan Barouh
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Erika Rose in In Darfur Lise Bruneau in Mikveh Sarah Marshall in Mikveh Alexander Strain and Michael Tolaydo in New Jerusalem


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