Theater J announces its 2014-2015 season of Epic Expressions, an ambitious line-up of socially relevant drama and cultural celebration.  Featuring a broad canvass collection of big plays, big casts and big ideas, the season will offer six life-changing journeys intertwining the political, the personal, the poignant and the provocative.

With a blend of searing drama, acid hilarity and unshakeable passion, Theater J takes on feminist aspirations within a traditional religious community, interracial adoption, and the ethics of assisted suicide in the wake of political despair, alongside timeless questions of love, envy, and spiritual longing.

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Featuring Shayna Blass, Aaron Bliden, Joe Brack, Michael Kevin Darnall, Judith Ingber, Brandon McCoy, Amy McWilliams, Sasha Olinick, Shane O'Loughlin, Shanta Parasuraman, Jesse Terrill, Sara Dabney Tisdale and Lindsay Elizabeth Williams
YENTL
AUGUST 28 – OCTOBER 5, 2014


Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy”
Adapted by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer
With new music and lyrics composed by Jill Sobule, additional music by Robin Eaton
Directed by Theater J Associate Artistic Director Shirley Serotsky

As a girl in 19th Century Eastern Europe, Yentl is forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her identity. Invigorated with a bracing klezmer/pop/rock score from Jill Sobule (the original "I Kissed a Girl," "Supermodel"), Yentl asks up-to-the-minute questions about gender and sexuality.



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Featuring Josh Adams, Rena Cherry Brown, Jenifer Deal, Tim Getman, Lisa Hodsoll, Susan Rome, Sue Jin Song, Tom Story, James Whalen, Tom Wiggin and Michael Anthony Williams
THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL’S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES
NOVEMBER 13 – DECEMBER 21, 2014
By Tony Kushner
Directed by John Vreeke

When retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist Gus summons his three adult children to their Brooklyn home to explain why he’s selling the family brownstone and ending his life, things don’t go exactly as planned. The children bring their own dramas; Pill and his husband are stumbling as an old flame resurfaces; Empty and her wife are squabbling as they await the birth of their child; and Vic is confronting long-buried truths. A deeply emotional battle over what makes life worth living from Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner in a newly updated epic making its DC premiere.

"...densely textured… exciting… spectacle of so many people having so much to say with so much passion and eloquence" - The New York Times

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Featuring Kimberly Gilbert, Eric Hissom, Judith Ingber, Naomi Jacobson, John Lescault, Sasha Olinick
and Monica West
A World Premiere
LIFE SUCKS (OR THE PRESENT RIDICULOUS)
JANUARY 14 – FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Written and Directed by Aaron Posner
Loosely based on Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov

It’s tough being the gorgeous woman desired by all but understood by none. Or the homely girl with a heart of gold. Or the middle-aged man insightful enough to see the depth of his own failings. In fact, Life Sucks for everyone in Aaron Posner’s poignant, hilarious new play about love and longing. A world premiere production from the Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright of Stupid Fucking Bird and the adapter/director of Chaim Potok’s The Chosen.


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Featuring Audrey Bertaux, Rena Cherry Brown, Naomi Jacobson, Michael Kramer, John Lescault, Eric Messner and Sasha Olinick
A World Premiere
Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival
G-d’s Honest Truth

MARCH 18 - APRIL 19, 2015

By Renee Calarco, author of The Religion Thing
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

Roberta and Larry always try to do the right thing – for their son (two and a half years into his engagement); for their marriage (never go to bed angry); and especially for their synagogue (which is always trying to build its membership—they’d be happy to tell you more…). When they have the opportunity to help rescue a Holocaust Torah, they know they have to bring it to Temple Beth David. Partially inspired by the true story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus, the self-dubbed “Jewish Indiana Jones,” G-d’s Honest Truth asks how far we would go to believe a story that’s too good to be true. Told with humor and pathos by the Helen Hayes Award winning playwright and recent recipient of the 2014 Jewish Plays Project Award.


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THE CALL
MAY 6 – 31, 2015

At ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

By Tanya Barfield
Directed by Jennifer Nelson

When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they set their sights on a child from Africa. But as reality sinks in and reactions from African-American friends take hold, it sparks an uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Acutely funny and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.

“A thoughtful and engrossing new play.” – The New York Times


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Featuring Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Barbara Rappaport and Susan Rome
THE TALE OF THE ALLERGIST’S WIFE
JUNE 3 – JULY 5, 2015


By Charles Busch

Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

Marjorie Taub, Upper West Sider and devoted lady who lunches, is deep in the throes of mid-life existential ennui when an enigmatic childhood friend with a taste for mischief unexpectedly arrives at her door. Can Marjorie, her long-suffering mother and her loving husband Dr. Ira Taub, Board Certified Allergist, survive the shake-up? A Tony-nominated, uproarious satirical comedy, newly updated for topical hilarity, from the masterful Charles Busch. With additional readings during the month celebrating "Thirty Years of Charles Busch" including the comic romps Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Red Scare at Sunset and Bitter Herbs and Olive.

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