Theater J's 2007-2008 Season

Read Ari Roth's notes on Theater J's 2007-2008 Season

SPEED-THE-PLOW
SHLEMIEL THE FIRST
25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER
THE PRICE
DAVID IN SHADOW AND LIGHT
VOICES FROM A CHANGING MIDDLE EAST
INCUBATOR SERIES
 

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SPEED-THE-PLOW
by David Mamet
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
October 18–November 25, 2007

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David Mamet’s quick-silver comedy about getting films green-lighted in Hollywood shows no need for botox or silicone. A masterwork skewering “the business” of making movies, Speed-the-Plow is a hilarious vivisection of jealousy, power-grabbing, and the American dream of material transformation. Starring Broadway veterans Peter Birkenhead and Danton Stone.

“Uproarious!...a play as sharp as a buzz saw…” - The New York Times
 

Dan Manning and Donna Migliaccio in
SHLEMIEL THE FIRST
Based on the play by I.B. Singer
Music by Hankus Netsky
and Zalman Mlotek
Lyrics by Arnold Weinstein
Directed by Nick Olcott
Featuring Thomas Howley, Dan Manning, Amy McWilliams, and Donna Migliaccio
December 18, 2007–January 20, 2008

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Inspired by Nobel Prize winner I.B. Singer’s whimsical tales of Chelm, the Village of Fools, this theatrical “jolt of Joy” features rollicking klezmer music, slapstick comedy, and a grand tale of mistaken identity. This musical, the hit of last season’s Robert Brustein Residency, will be fun for the whole family over the holidays!

“Rollicking...propulsively tuneful music...and dazzling lyrics” - The New York Times

(Image: Donna Migliaccio and Dan Manning)

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Judy Gold in
25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER
Written by Kate Moira Ryan
Directed by Karen Kohlhaas
January 23–February 24, 2008

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6’3”, conservative, kosher, gay, and mother of two boys; Not your typical Jewish comedienne, eh? Judy Gold’s neurosis about becoming her mother spurred a quest to find out what makes a Jewish mother different from all other mothers. Gold and playwright Kate Ryan interviewed over 50 Jewish women and came up with an astonishing album of memorable characters.

“fiercely funny, honest and moving.” - The New York Times

 

 Robert Prosky, Andrew Prosky and
John Prosky in

THE PRICE
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Michael Carleton
March 8–April 18, 2008

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This scorching, three-time Tony Award nominee for drama features beloved DC treasure, Robert Prosky, alongside his two sons for the very first time on a DC stage. Gregory Solomon is hired to assess a family’s possessions in the wake of a father’s death. Two brothers’ long-repressed dreams, desires and resentments bubble to the surface as The Price explores the legacy of choices that have made for a terrible injustice. Also featuring Leisa Mather.

“Miller holds the interest with the skill of a born storyteller.” - The New York Times

(Image: Robert Prosky, Andrew Prosky, John Prosky and Leisa Mather)

DAVID IN SHADOW AND LIGHT

A World Premiere Musical

Liberetto by Yehuda Hyman

Music by Daniel Hoffman

Directed by Nick Olcott

Choreography by Peter DiMuro and the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Featuring Bobby Smith, Will Gartshore, and Donna Migliaccio
Commissioned by Theater J with grants from
the
National Foundation for Jewish Culture and
The Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity
May 6–June 22, 2008

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An epic musical retelling of King David’s astonishing trajectory from boy shepherd, to superstar ruler, to aging king as he wrestles with the lowest and the purest of human impulses. This visually stunning production incorporates thrilling dance sequences and a post-modern frame through which the triumphs and travails of the Bible’s most charismatic character are brought into vivid relief.

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  INCUBATOR SERIES

September 6-23, 2007
Accident
A new performance piece By Amy Ziff
Directed by Rebecca Asher

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November 2007
What To Listen For
A New Play by Kathleen Tolan

January 2008
Rabbi Sam
A new performance piece by
Charlie Varon

Winter
Brownie Points
A new play by Janece Shafer

(Image: Amy Ziff who will perform her one-woman show ACCIDENT)

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