This season is made possible with the generous support of our season sponsors:
The Share Fund
Patti and Jerry Sowalsky
Trish and George Vradenburg
The George Wasserman Family Fund
Irene and Alan Wurtzel
Arlene and Robert Kogod
Daoma and Murray Strasberg
David Bruce Smith

Crucial Questions, Critical Fault Lines, Necessary Conversations

All drama is predicated on a question. The more incisive the inquiry, the more penetrating the drama.

Ours is an artistic home where heat and light, respect and learning are being sewn into the fabric of a community quilt we're creating together.  We're not hammering out position papers or policy platforms; we're painting portraits of who we are in times of tension on a path toward more clarity and understanding and something close to resolution.

We're offering an entertaining, hard hitting season, full of variety and relevance, tackling history and the present, birthing plenty of new but paying homage to some of the most established literary talent on the scene today. Join Us!

Ari Roth
Artistic Director, Theater J

2013 - 2014 SEASON

The Argument
Our Suburb
Yellow Face
The Admission
Golda's Balcony
Freud's Last Session


Woody Sez
The Prostate Dialogues

Directors Forum

September 7 - October 6, 2013

By Amy Herzog 
(regional premiere)

Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

Featuring Nancy Robinette, Peter Birkenhead, Jeff Allin, Susan Rome, Megan Anderson, Carlos Saldana, James Slaughter and Elizabeth Jernigan

The brilliant, promising Emma Joseph is primed to follow in the footsteps of her progressive political family. But when she discovers a troubling secret about her blacklisted grandfather, Emma must confront her family’s legacy, and her own path.

A bold and moving play from the Award-winning author of 4000 Miles (The New York Times - Outstanding Playwright), staged by the director of Body Awareness and the recent benefit hit, Love, Loss, and What I Wore.

"America's most interesting young playwright."
- The Wall Street Journal

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October 23 - November 24, 2013

By Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky

Featuring Susan Rome, James Whalen and Jefferson A. Russell

Sophie, a charming, vibrant artist, and Phillip, a loyal, solid businessman, are a 40-something couple whose new relationship is rocked when Sophie learns she is pregnant. As each fights for the only future he or she can imagine, they are both forced to recognize the profound personal differences between them. And when the word "abortion" is introduced into the debate, all bets are off.

This newly commissioned 2013 edition of The Argument chronicles the arc of a relationship with humor, passion, brutality, and up-to-the-minute relevance.

From the co-author of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-finalist Omnium Gatherum.

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November 29 - December 14, 2013

Devised by David M. Lutken
Directed by Nick Corley

Featuring David M. Lutken, Helen Jean Russell, David Finch and Leenya Rideout

A special encore presentation of the Helen-Hayes award winner (Outstanding Lead Actor, Non-Resident Production). “Bound for Glory!” raved The Washington Post of last season’s sold out production. This boisterous musical celebrates America’s troubadour, the man behind ‘This Land is Your Land,’ ‘The Ballad of Tom Joad’ and more, with musical numbers, ample humor and heart-break from Woody's rich life.

Followed by rousing weekly hootenannies after select performances.

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December 19, 2013 - January 12, 2014

A world premiere
By Darrah Cloud 

Directed by Tony-award winning actress and Broadway director Judith Ivey

Featuring Jim Jorgensen, James J. Johnson, Kathryn Kelley, Barbara Pinolini, Barbara Rappaport, Michael Willis, Joshua Dick, Sarah Taurchini and Jjana Valentiner
An homage to Our Town, this world-premiere invites audiences to suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis threatened to march on Skokie. As the Major and Edelman families prepare for Christmas and Hanukkah, Ricky and Thornton fall into an interfaith teenage romance. Off to embark on exciting futures both inside and out of their suburban hamlet, the teenagers find themselves absorbed in a growing menace that turns into heartbreak, surprise, and headlines involving the whole community.

From the author of The Stick Wife and adapter of O Pioneers.

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January 29 - February 23, 2014

By David Henry Hwang 
(regional premiere)

Directed by Natsu Onoda Power

Featuring Stan Kang, Tonya Beckman, Rafael Untalan, Sue Jin Song, Brandon McCoy, Al Twanmo, Jacob Yeh and Mark Hairston
The lines between truth and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang's unreliable memoir. Fresh off his Tony Award win for M. Butterfly, Hwang leads a community protest against the casting of a famous white actor as the Eurasian pimp in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon, condemning the practice as "yellowface." His position soon comes back to haunt him when he mistakes a Caucasian actor for mixed-race, and casts him in the lead Asian role of his own new play.

When Hwang discovers the truth, he tries to conceal his blunder by passing the actor off as a "Siberian Jew." As Hwang struggles to ‘save face’ amidst family politics, international intrigue and government investigations, he explores timeless questions surrounding cultural identity, dual loyalty, and responsibility.

A 2008 Pulitzer Prize finalist staged by the visionary director of Astro Boy and God of Comics.

“A laugh-out-loud comedy, and an unexpectedly poignant odyssey of self-discovery" —New York Sun

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Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival

March 22 - April 6, 2014

A Workshop Presentation
Produced in collaboration with the Cameri Theatre and the Arab-Hebrew Theatre of Jaffa
By Motti Lerner
Directed by Sinai Peter

Featuring Michael Tolaydo, Leila Buck, Danny Gavigan, Kimberly Schraf
, Hanna Eady, Elizabeth Jernigan and Pomme Koch
An Israeli homage to All My Sons set in Haifa during the first Intifada. Giora is a young professor engaged to Neta but in love with Samya, the Palestinian daughter of a family friend who becomes troubled when Giora's father's company begins building on the site of a battle that took place 40 years ago. Giora struggles to find the truth about his father's war-time secrets, confronting the causes of his brother's death and how Giora came to incur his own war-time injuries in Lebanon. As Giora's family presses him to look forward, not back, This work of historical fiction asks how we can move forward toward peace while still wrestling with the ghosts of war.

From the author of Pangs of the Messiah and the winner of the Prime Minister of Israel Award for Writers, and staged by a groundbreaking team of Israeli, Arab, Jewish-American and Arab-American artists, including Theater J's director of Return to Haifa, with designers from the Israeli premiere.

Visit the Beyond the Stage events calendar for additional Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival programming.

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 Voices From A Changing Middle East Festival

April 10-27, 2014

By William Gibson
Starring Tovah Feldshuh
Broadway Production supervised by Scott Schwartz

A riveting portrait of one of the great women of our time, Golda Meir, Golda’s Balcony is the latest work from Tony® Award-winning playwright William Gibson (The Miracle Worker, Two for the Seesaw), and an award-winning smash that, in 15 sold-out months on Broadway, set the record for the longest one-woman show in Broadway history. 

From the pogroms of Russia to the halls of the Knesset, the story of Golda Meir is the story of the state of Israel in the 20th century.  Starring four-time Tony® and two-time Emmy® Award-nominated TOVAH FELDSHUH, this one-woman tour de force promises to be a thrilling, deeply moving and unforgettable night of theatre.

May 14 - June 29, 2014

By Mark St. Germain 
(regional premiere)

Directed by Serge Seiden

Featuring Rick Foucheux and  Todd Scofield

The celebrated long-running Off-Broadway hit stages a clash between intellectual giants Dr. Sigmund Freud, the legendary psychoanalyst, and C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia. On the day England enters World War II, Freud summons then unknown professor Lewis to his office for an impassioned exchange about God, love, sex, and the meaning of life. 

From the author of Camping With Henry And Tom and inspired by Harvard’s Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.’s best-selling book The Question of God.

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May 30 - June 29, 2014

Part of Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival

A World Premiere Written and Performed
By Jon Spelman 

Directed by Jerry Whiddon

Commissioned in Theater J’s 2012 Locally Grown festival, this dynamic solo performance by renowned story-teller John Spelman explores masculinity and mortality in the face of disease with humanity and humor.  Drawing from personal experience and interviews, Spelman examines the effects of prostate cancer and treatment on sexuality and relationships with warmth and candor.

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Get to know the talented directors of Theater J’s 2013-2014 season in a series of intimate discussions presented in the style of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio'. Each of our directors will discuss their body of work, their process and their upcoming Theater J production – select Mondays, Sep 2013-Jun 2014.

Available as a subscription add-on

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