Theater J - 2019-2020 Season & Subscription Info
Welcome home to a warm and glowing Theater J inside a beautifully restored and refreshed Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.
September 4-29, 2019
From an extraordinary collaboration of international artists comes Love Sick, the critically-acclaimed new musical that fuses a thrilling original score, Middle-Eastern harmonics, dazzling choreography, and an inspired story of passion and awakening. Based on the Song of Songs, Love Sick tells the story a young wife in a lifeless marriage who discovers she has a secret admirer. Intrigued, she begins a mysterious and dizzying journey of sexual and personal empowerment. Love Sick’s creative team includes Olivier and Tony Award nominee Christopher Renshaw, internationally-acclaimed Israeli actress/writer Ofra Daniel, and celebrated Palestinian musician Ali Paris. Featuring Sasha Olinick.
Edward Albee’s, Occupant
November 7 – December 8, 2019
Directed by Aaron Posner. A little Jewish girl from Russia immigrated to the US and became the renowned sculptor, Louise Nevelson. In Albee’s Occupant, she’s been invited to participate in an interview — from beyond the grave. Through her ups and downs, her contradictions and evasions, we witness the deep inner turmoil and intrepid triumphs of one of the 20th century’s greatest artistic minds. Starring Susan Rome, this play is an unabashed exploration of how a pioneer for free-thinking women everywhere found her voice.
January 9 — February 2, 2020
It is 1939, and Hitler’s assault on Europe has begun. Though much of the world has turned its back on the Jews of Europe, Evelyn and Leonard Kirsch suspect that the menace is real. This ordinary American couple makes a bold decision that could save the lives of many Jewish children and change the course of history. But first, they must convince their estranged friends to help. What begins as a night of cocktails and conversation becomes a tense negotiation of politics, morality, and survival – and the stakes are life and death. A suspenseful story that will bring you to the edge of your seat. By Alix SoblerDirected by Adam Immerwahr.
February 19 — March 15, 2020
Esther and Schmuli are Satmar Hasidic Jews embarking on an arranged marriage, despite barely knowing each other. Abe and Julia are high-profile celebrities embarking on a dangerously flirtatious correspondence, despite being married to other people. On the surface, the lives of these two couples couldn’t be more different; but the hidden connections between these seemingly disparate people draw the audience into an intriguing puzzle and a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. By Anna Ziegler. Directed by Amber Paige McGinnis
Becoming Dr. Ruth
March 27 – April 19, 2020
Before she became Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Karola Siegel had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson returns to Theater J. Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a girl who found her own unique place in the world. By Mark St. Germain. Directed by Holly Twyford.
Compulsions Or The House
June 5 — 28, 2020
Who owns Anne Frank’s story? Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Or simply a valuable product? As he fights for the diary’s publication and the rights to adapt it into a play, Silver’s idealism turns to fanaticism, and his good intentions may prove to be his undoing. A fascinating, semi-fictional story about one forgotten writer’s battle for one extraordinary girl’s diary. By Rinne Groff. Directed by Johanna Gruenhut.
Single Ticket Sales: July 15, 2019