Beyond the Stage: New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza  

Audience Enrichment Events

Theater J offers a variety of programs to engage our audience beyond the stage.  Below is the current schedule of Artistic Director Roundtables, Peace Cafés and Cast Talk Backs. 

We can also develop additional programs tailored for your group to be held either here at the theater or we can bring the program to you. 

Contact Shirley Serotsky at (202) 777-3228 or email her with any further questions.




Saturday, June 26 at 10:15pm: A Conversation with David Ives and Jeremy Skidmore, Interviewed by Michael Kahn (Shakespeare Theatre Artistic Director, director of THE LIAR)


Sunday, June 27 at 5:15pm: A Conversation with the Artistic Director, Ari Roth and New Jerusalem Dramaturg, Stephen Spotswood


Monday, June 28 at 9:45pm: Preview Talkback


Tuesday, June 29 at 9:45pm: Preview Talkback


Sunday, July 4 at 5:15pm: Interfaith Discussions on Spinoza: The First in Our Series of PERSPECTIVES Dialogues led by Rabbi Tamara Miller


Thursday, July 8 at 9:45pm: Cast Talk Back


Sunday, July 11 at 5:15pm: Interfaith Views on Excommunication and Dissent: Father John Langan, S.J. (Cardinal Bernardin Chair/Catholic Social Thought Professor, Georgetown University); Bernard Cooperman (Louis L. Kaplan Associate Professor of Jewish History, University of Maryland)


Thursday, July 15 at 9:45pm: Spinoza’s God: A Discussion with Daniel Spiro, Coordinator of the Washington Spinoza Society


Sunday, July 18 at 5:15pm
: A Discussion with Members of the Washington Spinoza Society: Kenneth Feigenbaum (adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Maryland University College) and Sidney Bailin (Composer, author, computer scientist, and Spinoza enthusiast); and Tim Beardsley


Thursday, July 22 at 9:45pm: A Peace Café: Visionaries, Heretics, and the Politics of Ex-Communication with discussant Marvin Krislov, President of Oberlin College, and currently on the board of the National Council for Humantiies.


Sunday, July 25 at 5:15pm: The Rehabilitation of Baruch Spinoza in Modern Jewish Culture: A Conversation with modern Jewish historian Daniel Schwartz (George Washington University) and Professor Tom Beauchamp (Georgetown University)