THEATER J BRINGS EMMY AWARD-WINNING JUDY GOLD TO WASHINGTON
                                                                                               
(Washington, DC) — Theater J presents Emmy-Award winning Judy Gold’s hit Off-Broadway show 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER, running January 23–February 24, 2008 in the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater at the Washington DCJCC.  Press night takes place Sunday, January 27 at 7:30 pm. Pay-What-You Can previews are Wednesday and Thursday, January 23–24 at 7:30 pm.  Tickets, $15–$50, are available at www.boxofficetickets.com or at (800) 494-TIXS. 

6-foot-3, Kosher, gay, award-winning comedienne, and mother of two boys; Judy Gold isn’t your stereotypical Jewish mother. Gold’s many jokes about the stereotype of the Jewish mother as well as the neurosis about becoming one herself spurred her quest to find out what makes Jewish mothers different from non-Jewish mothers. Traveling across the United States for five years, she and award-winning playwright Kate Moira Ryan interviewed over 50 Jewish women, of different ages, occupations and ethnicities, ranging from non-practicing to ultra-orthodox to "confused;" from Holocaust survivors to converts. The questions ranged from reflective (“How are you like and not like your mother?”) to droll (“Who do Jewish little girls get to look up to?”) to existential (“What is God to you?”). The result, as described by Time Out, New York, is “a hilarious and often poignant look at the mother-daughter bond, Jewish culture and what makes a Jewish mother, well, a Jewish mother.”
Originally produced by Ars Nova Theatre in New York, the show was transferred to St. Luke’s Off-Broadway Theatre after a sold-out run and earned Judy Gold a 2006 Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance. “The Emmy Award winning writer and performer, who cut her teeth working for Rosie O’Donald’s show, surprised the heck out of the theater community when she revealed, in this piece, what a stunning, spot-on actress she turned out to be, an inspired interpreter of other women in pain,” praises Artistic Director Ari Roth. “The play is structurally innovative, interlacing testimonies from a random assortment of women with Judy’s own hysterical stand-up rants about dealing with her mother and being a mother herself. We’ve had great one-woman shows here before, but Judy Gold’s 25 Questions is formally much more intricate, ultimately more ambitious, and above all, it’s hilarious.”

Judy Gold, who won two Emmy-Awards for writing and producing “The Rosie O’Donald Show,” is also a well-known performer, twice nominated for The American Comedy Award’s funniest female stand-up comedienne.  Her most recent TV special is a half-hour show for LOGO and she is featured in the HBO documentary “All Aboard.”  Gold’s many stand-up specials include “Comedy Central Presents: Judy Gold,” “Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd Stands Up” and her half-hour HBO special, for which she received a Cable Ace Award.  She has also been in many films and TV shows: The Aristocrats, “Law & Order,” “The View,” “Sex in the City,” “The Tonight Show with Jay leno,” and “The Conan O’Brien Show,” to name a few.  She has hosted the GLADD MEDIA AWARDS that aired on LOGO and VH1, Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” and HBO’s “At the Multiplex with Judy Gold.”       

Playwright Kate Moria Ryan began her career as a 1985 winner of the Young Playwrights Festival.  Her play OTMA was produced at The Atlantic Theatre Company, the Ekaterinburg Youth Theatre in Russia, the Lake George Theatre Project, and at the Powerhouse Theatre at Vassar College and is published by Playscripts, Inc.  Her adaptation of Dorothy Allison’s novel Cavedweller premiered at New York Theatre Workshop and is published by Dramatists Play Service.  She is an alumna of New Dramatists and has received residences at Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Edward Albee Foundations.  She was recently awarded a fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation by the Ensemble Studio Theatre and an Arnold Weinberger Fellowship to the University of Cincinnati, and two fellowships to the New Play festival in Russia from the Center for International Theatre Development. 

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THEATER J PLAYDATES

During Thursday night performances of 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER, a savvy crowd gathers for a 7:30 pm show and stays afterward for a soiree with the cast. Beverages and light refreshments included! To purchase tickets, visit www.boxofficetickets.com or contact (800) 494-TIXS

January 31:  Cast & Culture:  Meet the cast and hear about making the play.  ($15-45)
February 14:  Grapes & Gossip:  Come one, come all! ($15-$45)
February 7:  Booze & Schmooze:  Our 20’s and 30’s crowd. ($25 with the code “playdate”)
February 21:  Cosmos & Conversation:  A gathering with the GLBT community ($15-45)
 

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