Theater J's 2011 - 2012 Season

Brilliant Fictions - Shattering Facts

Eight of our Finest Playwrights Grapple With History and Its Legacy

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Intimate Infamy
IMAGINING MADOFF                                  
August 31–September 25

A Mainstage Premiere
By Deb Margolin
Directed by Alexandra Aron
Featuring Rick Foucheux, Mike Nussbaum and Jennifer Mendenhall

The much anticipated premiere by OBIE Award winner, Deb Margolin. Unrepentant Ponzi-schemer Bernard Madoff sets the record straight from his prison cell, recounting an all-night study session with Holocaust survivor, poet, and investment client, Solomon Galkin. With testimony from Madoff’s personal secretary before the Securities and Exchange Commission, we delve into the minds of two towering men, as their mutual will to confide and confess accelerates through the night.

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“Whip smart…profound…a great work of theater”- Tablet.com



 

SPECIAL OFFER TO THEATER J PATRONS FROM FORD'S THEATRE - Click here for more details

Tony-Award-Winning Musical
PARADE
September 22–October 30

 A Special Co-production with Ford’s Theatre
Book by Alfred Uhry • Music by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Stephen Rayne
Featuring Tony-Award nominee Euan Morton as Leo Frank

 The Broadway musical about the 1915 trial of Jewish factory manager Leo Frank, accused of the murder of a teenage girl in Georgia. Ostracized for his faith and isolated from his world, Leo develops a new and deeper love for his wife, who tirelessly crusades for his freedom. A compelling and provocative tale of justice miscarried, revealing a country at odds with its declarations of equality. Theater J and Ford's Theatre Co-Production - Performing at Ford’s Theatre.
 

"the music and lyrics of Jason Robert Brown serve to reinforce…the gripping story Alfred Uhry's book has to tell. – The Guardian
1999 Tony Award Winner for Best Book and Best Score

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Probing Personal Memoir
AFTER THE FALL
October 26–November 27

By Arthur Miller
Directed by Jose Carrasquillo
Featuring Mitchell Hébert, Jennifer Mendenhall, Gabriela Fernández-Coffey, Kimberly Schraf, Tim Getman, Stephen Patrick Martin, Joe Brack, Dana Levanovsky, and Kerry Waters Lucas 


Miller’s most personal play explores one man’s quest to make peace with history; his own and the tumultuous
world around him. In the wake of the tragic death of his famous second wife, Quentin desperately tries to move forward in his life. Yet he is compelled to relive his childhood losses, failed marriages and the controversial politics of the 1950’s Blacklist which turned allies against each other and leaves Quentin, in the end, as both noble hero and complicit bystander.


“Phrase-electrifying, soul-illuminating ”- New York Times

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Just announced!  The Kinsey Sicks will be returning for a limited 4 show engagement of last season's hit OY VEY IN A MANGER!  Get your seats know before these four performances sell out! 

Oy Vey In A Manger

December 24 - 26

 

America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty-Shop Quartet brings its irreverent humor and harmonies back to DC just in time for the holidays. With gut-busting parodies and raucous schtick, The Kinsey Sicks offers wholesome favorites like "I Had a Little Facial," “Harried Little Christmas,” and "'Tis the Season to Drink Stoli”!

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Contemporary Romantic Comedy
THE RELIGION THING
January 4–29


A World Premiere Comedy
By Renee Calarco
Directed by Joe Calarco
Featuring
Will Gartshore, Kimberly Gilbert, Liz Mamana, Joseph Thornhill and Chris Stezin


Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A brand new comedy about relationships, faith and the fine line between compromise and regret.

 The inaugural project of our “Locally Grown: Community Supported Art/From Our Own Garden” Initiative
 

“Bright and heartfelt.” --The Washington Post, on Calarco’s Helen-Hayes-Award-Winning play Short Order Stories

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Dragapella Sensation

**Electile Dysfunction: The Kinsey Sicks For President!
(Because Sometimes It's Hard Being a Republican)
 
February 4–19

 

A World Premiere Commission from the creators of “Oy Vey in a Manger”

Join the Kinsey Sicks at the official launch of their groundbreaking campaign to become the first Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet to win the Republican nomination for President! With an ear attuned to current events, watch the gals try to take America (a)back to a place it never was by out- pandering, out-conspiracy theorizing, and out-outlandishing even the most cynical of the current crop of Presidential candidates, all in glorious, tongue-in-cheek four-part harmony.
 

“If you haven’t made the acquaintance of the Kinsey Sicks, it’s high time you did”- The Washington Post

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**Formerly: THE KINSEY SICKS TAKE (A)BACK AMERICA!




 

Special Encore Run
NEW JERUSALEM: THE INTERROGATION OF BARUCH DE SPINOZA
February 29–April 1

By David Ives
Directed by Jeremy Skidmore 
Featuring Helen Hayes Award Nominees Alexander Strain and Michael Tolaydo with Lawrence Redmond With Ethan Bowen, Brandon McCoy, Colleen Delany and Emma Jaster.


The return of Theater J’s 2010 Sold-Out production. A literate, suspenseful retelling of the story of the 1656 interrogation of philosopher Baruch De Spinoza, New Jerusalem examines the clash between religion and modernity, faith and philosophy—questions that human beings continue to grapple with. The Washington Post raved, “A gallery of intriguing characters, nonstop enlightened argument and even—hold the phone—a socko finish.”


Culminating with a national symposium debating the continuing writ of excommunication against Spinoza.
  
Nominated for 3 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Resident Production

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Searing Drama
THE WHIPPING MAN
April 18–May 20


By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Jennifer Nelson
Featuring Mark Hairston, Alexander Strain and David Emerson Toney


1865; Richmond, Virginia: Two newly-freed slaves and the son of their former master—a Jewish Confederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of his home—inhabit the disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War between the States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional Passover Seder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really means to be free. In Association with Baltimore Centerstage


“Emotionally potent...carries a quiet force... - New York Times

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Superman Revealed
THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY
June 6–July 8


By David Bar Katz
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Featuring David Deblinger, Conrad  Feininger, Tim Getman, Beth Hylton, Brandon McCoy,David Raphaely, Jjana Valentiner, James Whalen and Noah Chiet


Behind every great superhero is a determined creator. In 1930s America, that creator was usually a young Jewish man with an active imagination. Katz’s play illuminates the story of Jerry Siegel—the brains behind Superman’s brawn--and the imagined struggle between the creative father and his uber-mensch son. Siegel wrestles to retain control of his famous comic book sensation as America is drawn into WWII.

“In my book, Bar Katz has X-ray vision to see into the human soul, and his powerful play should be required viewing.” – City Beat, Cincinnati

By the Harold and Mimi Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award-Nominated Playwright.

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