The Annual Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Production
THE HISTORY OF INVULNERABILITY
June 6 - July 8
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By David Bar Katz
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Designed by Dan Covey, Robbie Hayes, Dre Moore, Matt Nielson, and Debra Kim Sivigny
Stage Managed by Roy Gross
Featuring David Deblinger, Conrad Feininger, Tim Getman, Brandon McCoy,David Raphaely, Jjana Valentiner, James Whalen, Alyssa Wilmoth 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. Recommended for ages 16 and up due to mature themes and brief, modest nudity
BEYOND THE STAGE DISCUSSIONS AND EVENTS
“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
2011 ACTA/Steinberg New Play Award Finalist
David Bar Katz co-wrote and directed the Broadway production of Freak, which was nominated for two Tony Awards (including Best Play), and earned Katz an Emmy nomination for the HBO presentation of the play. The History of Invulnerability was a finalist for the 2011 ACTA Steinberg New Play Award, the CEA “Best Premiere of the Year” and the Acclaim Award for “Outstanding Play” World Premiere at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Other theater projects include Oh The Power, directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman at the LAByrinth Theater Company Barn Series, Philip Roth in Khartoum, Burning, Burning, Burning, Burning, What A Way To Go and The Atmosphere of Memory. He is currently collaborating with Will Wright (Sim City/Spore) on a film, set in the world of online gaming; writing a musical theater version of the film, The Hebrew Hammer; and adapting a Graham Greene novel.
In addition to serving as Theater J’s Director of Literary and Public Programming, Shirley Serotsky has also directed Theater J’s productions The Moscows of Nantucket, The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall and Mikveh. Recently, she garnered rave reviews with her production of Juno and the Paycock at Washington Shakespeare Theatre, and directed the well-received staged reading of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Arena Stage for their New Play Festival.