The J’s newly renovated, state-of-the-art auditorium is a fantastic venue for theatrical productions. Past performers have included the Seattle Jewish Theater Company, staged readings from Book-It Repertory Theatre, and more. Grab a seat and enjoy the show!
The Leah/Rachel Play: The inHEIRitance Project
Acclaimed actor/playwright Jon Adam Ross brings his heralded national theater series, The inHEIRitance Project, to Seattle, one of five cities selected for an original, local world premiere! Ross and his team are creating plays in cities around the country inspired by the matriarchs and patriarchs from the Book of Genesis and devised through local conversations, community engagement, and study in each city’s Jewish community.
In Seattle, Ross is collaborating with Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Ilana Trachtman to explore themes of sisterhood related to the biblical story of Rachel and Leah and the play itself will feature a combination of film and live performance. Join us for the world premiere of a play conceived of collaboratively in our community, featuring local women leaders, sisters, and friends.
Made possible by a Covenant Foundation Award.
A young bride in a Polish shtetl is possessed by the spirit of her dead beloved in this Yiddish classic rooted in Jewish folklore. Written in 1914 by S. Ansky and first performed by the Vilna Troupe in 1920, The Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents this tale of love caught between two worlds and a community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces. Performed in English and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass.
Israel Story: "Herzl 48" Radio Show
Called “the Israeli This American Life,” by NPR radio host Ira Glass (who should know – he’s the host of This American Life), Israel Story is an award-winning radio show that showcases the diversity and complexity of everyday Israelis. They’re coming to the J with their live multimedia storytelling and musical performance in celebration of Israel Independence Day.
There are 54 streets in Israel named after Theodore Herzl, the father of modern Zionism. “Israel Story” crisscrossed the country, knocking on the doors at every 48 Herzl Street they could reach and collecting the residents’ stories (48 comes from 1948, the year Israel was founded). The show features seven different characters, including a butcher in Akko, a stoner in Tel Aviv, and a young couple whose very dramatic tale is told in song.
Co-sponsored by Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest and Israeli American Council | Seattle. Funding for this program was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.