Beyond the Stage - The Odd Couple

Theater J is dedicated to taking 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. Entrance is free with a ticket to any mainstage production.

Saturday, October 23 at 10:15 pm: Artistic Director-led Talkback


Sunday, October 24 at 9:45 pm: Discussion with the Creative Team


Thursday, November 4 at 9:45 pm: Cast Talkback


Sunday, November 7 at 5:15 pm: Scripture Unscripted: The Interfaith Family and the Attraction of Opposites

Rabbi Harold White, Spiritual Advisor to the Interfaith Family Project and former Jewish Chaplain at Georgetown University speaks with non-traditional couples and families

Susan Katz Miller and Paul Miller, Susan's great-grandfather was a circuit-riding rabbi on the Mississippi River, Paul's great-grandfather was the Episcopal Bishop of Newark. Susan writes a blog about interfaith families called Both Susan and Paul have served on the Board of the Interfaith Families Project of Greater Washington

Mark Hoelter and Karen Key, Mark is a Unitarian Universalist minister who has served five congregations, done interfaith work in DC, and now helps people through life coaching.  Karen is Jewish Renewal and a member of Am Kolel Congregation.

Robin Metalitz is a Reform Jew, who grew up going to Temple Sinai. Her husband Raj Gupta, the son of immigrants from India, is Hindu.

Rev. Bonnie J. Berger was born and raised as a Reform Jew, ordained as an Interfaith Minister in 2006, and has served as a chaplain, a spiritual coach, and a marriage officiant.  Since same-sex marriage was legalized in DC, Rev. Bonnie has presided at over 100 same-sex marriages. Her partner was raised Catholic, received a masters of religion at Yale, and now has a Hindu guru.


Sunday, November 14 at 5:15 pm: Make ‘Em Laugh: The Serious Business of Comedy


Laurence Maslon, Professor at NYU and author of Make ‘Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America, the companion book to the critically acclaimed PBS miniseries by the same name

Nelson Pressley, Washington Post Theater Critic

Topher Bellavia, Managing Director of Washington Improv Theater


Sunday, November 21 at 5:15 pm:  Open Forum With the Artistic Director, "Discussing the play, the production, and its place in the ambitious Theater J season"


Sunday, November 28 at 5:15 pm:  5x5, Playwrights Respond



**Theater J presents 5X5: Playwrights respond to THE ODD COUPLE, a 5-minute play festival.
Theater J invites local playwrights to respond to Neil Simon's THE ODD COUPLE, at Theater J October 23 - November 28, 2010. 

Playwrights are asked to read the script, available by emailing, or attend one of performances. Then write a five minute play inspired by the show.  Five of these plays (10 total) will be chosen to be read by professional actors following both the November 21st and November 28th performances of THE ODD COUPLE.

The deadline for play submission was Wednesday, Novemeber 10th, 2010.