The Washington Post
May 9, 2006
Theater J Revisited
By Jane Horwitz
Theodore Bikel will return to Theater J in Arnold Wesker's "Shylock" (May 13-15, 2007) during the Shakespeare in Washington festival.
The English-language premiere of Israeli writer Motti Lerner's "Pangs of the Messiah" (June 23-July 15, 2007) was inadvertently omitted from last week's description of Theater J's coming season. The 1986 play has been rewritten, imagining events in Israel/Palestine in 2009. Israeli director Sinai Peter will stage it. The play is part of "Voices From a Changing Middle East," a June 23-July 29 festival that will include readings, workshops and a young playwrights program in association with the Kennedy Center's American College Theater Festival.
The same Backstage column described "Sleeping Arrangements" (Jan. 9-Feb. 18, 2007) as adapted by Laura Shaine Cunningham from a novel; it is based on her memoir.
And Robert Brustein's lecture, "Drama as Secular Religion," has been rescheduled for Oct. 16.