The Chosen - Beyond the Stage


 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. 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. Theater J is proud to be both a top-flight performance company on the cutting-edge of new play development, and a civically-minded organization using theater as a springboard for engaging the community.  All panels are subject to change.  Please check back often for our most current line up.

All performances and discussions for The Chosen take place at Arena Stage
1101 6th St SW; Closest Metro: Waterfront
Box Office Hours:  7 days a week/ 10 am - 6 pm



Sunday, March 13 at 5 pm: A Talkback with Adena Potok and Aaron Posner


Wednesday, March 16 at 9:30 pm: A Scripture Unscripted Intra-faith discussion--Scripture Unscripted: The Drama of Religious Diversity in the Jewish Community

  • Moderated by Rabbi Tamara Miller, private practitioner of spiritual counseling at the Center for Integrative Medicine; and teacher of contemporary Jewish wisdom
  • Avi West, Director of the Shulamith Reich Elster Resource Center and Master Teacher at the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning
  • Dr. James Hyman, CEO of The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning in Rockville, Maryland
  • Rabbi Debra Kolodny, Executive Director of ALEPH: Alliance for Jewish Renewal
  • Josh Ford, Chief Program Officer at the Washington DCJCC


Thursday, March 17 at 10 pm: A Talkback with the cast of THE CHOSEN


Sunday, March 20 at 5 pm: Scripture Unscripted Interfaith Discussions--The Chosen Path? Religious Leaders and their Kin

  • Deryl Davis, a Washington-based writer and lecturer in literature and drama, he currently teaches drama and dramatic writing at Wesley Theological Seminary. 
  • Jeremy Skidmore, Theater director, producer, educator; theatrical agent and MBA candidate
  • The Rev. Ann Gillespie, Associate Rector for Worship and Pastoral Care, Christ Church in Alexandria, VA


Sunday, March 27 at 5pm, in partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington: A Conversation with Writer/Historian Jenna Weissman Joselit

  • Moderated by Artistic Director Ari Roth
  • Jenna Weissman Joselit: George Washington University Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History; Director of the Program in Judaic Studies