New Jewish Theatre
An Award-Winning Program of the J!
TEN St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards Nominations for 2013!
Year after year, the New Jewish Theatre continues its tradition of presenting professional theatre at the highest level of artistic excellence, producing shows that examine universal themes and issues, filtered through the lens of the Jewish experience. Each production provides entertaining and often provocative subject matter featuring theatre professionals from the St. Louis area and elsewhere.
Performance times are Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 8:00pm; Sundays at 2:00pm (and 7:30pm in week three). Ticket prices are:
2014-15 Season Productions:
SIGHT UNSEEN by Donald Margulies
March 12 - 29
Jonathan Waxman, a Brooklyn Jew, has become a wealthy, critically acclaimed artist so popular that collectors will buy his work “sight unseen.” In London for a major retrospective of his work, Jonathan impulsively decides to journey to the countryside to visit his former model and lover Patricia in the Norfolk farmhouse where she lives and works with her archeologist husband Nick. Sight Unseen questions the tangled relationships of art,
money, love and inspiration.
MY MOTHER'S LESBIAN JEWISH WICCAN WEDDING by David Hein and Irene Sankoff
May 7 - 31
YOU’RE INVITED! A tuneful, terrific show based on a true story. MMLJWW has a message everyone can take home with them, no matter what religion, sexuality or side of the spirit world you favor. A musical about finding and honoring true, fulfilling love, it is a universal story about parents and children, falling in love, and finding out who you are. It is a play that is unapologetically political, irreverently funny and is definitely life-affirming.
MMLJWW explores in a most tuneful way, today’s hot topic issue of marriage equality. This sweet and funny musical has “heart and soul” and couldn’t be more timely.
Completed 2014-15 Season Productions:
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK by Frances Goodrich and Alber Hackett, adapted by Wendy Kesselman
October 11 - November 2
In this gripping and transcendently powerful new adaptation of the original script based on Anne Frank’s iconic diary, Anne emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. It captures the claustrophobic realities of the daily existence of eight people in hiding—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. This young girl’s remarkable diary has become a testament to the human spirit and illuminates Anne’s unwavering belief in justice and love. This moving, true story is essential viewing for every generation – a new adaptation for a new generation.
BECOMING DR. RUTH by Mark St. Germain
December 4 - 21
Everyone knows “Dr. Ruth” Westheimer, America’s most famous sex therapist from her career as a pioneering media sex therapist who has spoken frankly about sexual matters since her 1980 radio program. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. The play reveals the often incredible life events that led up to her huge success. We discover that there was a lot more to this 4'7", matronly therapist – from fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah, to coming to America and her three marriages. Becoming Dr. Ruth is a humorous, hope-filled journey filled with the honesty and the life-affirming spirit of the girl who became “Dr. Ruth.”
IMAGINING MADOFF by Deb Marolin
January 22 - February 8
The playwright has conjured a fantasia about Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff with imagined conversations during an all-night study session between the unrepentant Madoff and Holocaust survivor, poet and investment client, Solomon Galkin. In a high moral showdown, these two Jewish men banter about a myriad of subjects from baseball, to the Talmud, to human decency, and the story of Abraham and Isaac. It concerns itself with the
terrible beauty and magnificent danger of absolute faith, either in God or in Men. We share as an audience, a sense, even to the end, that we can change what’s already past. It is a moral investigation.
Awards for NJT!
The New Jewish Theatre has received 56 nominations and captured 17 Awards since awards since 2006. This includes the now defunct Kevin Kline Awards (2006-2011) and the St. Louis Theatre Circle Awards (2012-present).
The awards received are:
2006 Kevin Kline Awards
- Best Supporting Actor: Gary Wayne Barker, Driving Miss Daisy
2007 Kevin Kline Awards
- Best Actress: Donna Weinsting, From Door to Door
2008 Kevin Kline Awards
- Best Ensemble: Kindertransport
- Best Ensemble: Women's Minyan
- Best Supporting Actor: John Kinney, What's Wrong with This Picture?
- Best Director: Doug Finlayson, Kindertransport2011 Kevin Kline Awards
- Best Ensemble: The Immigrant
- Best Actor, Bob Thibault, The Immigrant
- Best Supporting Actress: Peggy Billo, The Immigrant
- Best Supporting Actor: Gary Wayne Barker, The Immigrant
- Best Production: Awake and Sing!
- Best Set Design: Awake and Sing!
2012 Theatre Circle Awards
- Best Actress in a Comedy: Meghan Maguire, Talley's Folly
- Best Ensemble: Jacob and Jack
- Best Lighting Design (tie): Michael Sullivan, Way to Heaven
- Best Lighting Design (tie): Nathan Schroeder, Talley's Folly
- Best Sound Design: Robin Weatherall, Way to Heaven
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