2016-2017 Schedule of Events

Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums, readings, and programs which explore the theatrical, cultural and social elements of our art throughout the year.

All events are free and open to everyone except where noted otherwise. All events and times subject to change. Please check this page for up-to-date announcements.
View excerpts from the latest post-show discussions and events

The Call post show discussion: Bridging Identity: The Promise of Parenthood from Theater J on Vimeo.

Thursday Nov. 17 at 9:00 PM Rupture & Reconciliation
The Christians explores what happens to an evangelical congregation when the pastor affirms a theological position that many in his congregation are unwilling to embrace. Please join us for an enlivening conversation about the ways in which theology – across faith traditions – has the ability to divide and unite us.
  • Elizabeth Dias - Religion and politics correspondent for Time Magazine, 2016 recipient of the George W. Hunt, S.J., Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts & Letters
  • Rabbi Ethan Seidel – Rabbi of Tifereth Israel Congregation
  • Dr. Ryan Danker - Assistant Professor of History of Christianity and Methodist Studies, Wesley Theological Seminary
Saturday Nov. 26 at 3:30 PM A Post-Show Conversation with Theater J’s Passports Associate, Artist and Activist NJ Mitchell
Wednesday Nov. 30 at 1:30 PM
A Post-Show Conversation with Theater J’s Passports Associate, Artist and Activist NJ Mitchell
Sunday Dec. 4 at 3:30 PM A dialogue on Music and Faith with Zemer Chai
Thursday Dec. 8 at 9:00 PM A Post-Show Talkback with the cast of The Christians
Saturday Dec. 10 at 3:30 PM The Business of Faith
How do congregational leaders synthesize the messiness of human behavior with the purity of religious ideals? Join a congregational consultant and an executive director of a local synagogue as we discuss the day-to-day challenges that faith institutions face in maintaining an earthly organization with spiritual goals.
  • Dr. John Wimberly - Congregational Consultant and author of The Business of the Church: The Uncomfortable Truth that Faithful Ministry Requires Effective Management
  • Marla Cohen - Executive Director, Congregation Adat Shalom
Sunday Dec. 11 at 3:30 PM When Private Lives Become Public
What do presidents, movie stars and clergy have in common? They all must live their lives with some measure of public scrutiny. Please join us for a conversation about the challenges of balancing a public persona with a personal identity, particularly at a time in which the line between public and private is increasingly blurred.
  • Rabbi Adam Rosenwasser - Associate Rabbi, Temple Sinai
  • Jay-Paul M. Hinds - Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care, Practical Theology and Psychology of Religion, Howard University
  • Reverend Ginger Gaines-Cirelli - Senior Pastor, Foundry United Methodist Church

The Edlavitch DCJCC does not support or oppose candidates for elected public office. Opinions expressed at all programs of the Washington DCJCC belong solely to those expressing them. The Washington DCJCC partners with many organizations and groups to present programs, but does not endorse the political views or policy positions of any program partner. The Washington DCJCC is committed to presenting a wide selection of programs that present multiple viewpoints and encourage you to visit our calendar for information on dialogues and public affairs programming.