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!
D-Generation: An Exaltation of Larks
A full-length theater piece based on stories collected at 20 care facilities and written collaboratively by people with late-stage dementia. The work is performed by three puppeteers (the caregivers) and five puppets (the residents of a care-facility). Set to a compelling original score and striking animated video segments, audiences are transported into a strange and all-too-familiar world that touches most of us. “D-Generation” explores the rich creative potential and ability to communicate that exists in people with late-stage dementia. Their words, their images, and their creative imaginations are poetic, humorous, and quite mysterious, and the stigma, despair, and joy they, their caregivers, and family members experience poignant and tangible. Followed by Q&A.
Co-presented with The Prophetic Puppet Theater
Directed by: Roberto Salomon
Performed by: Eric Bass, Ines Zeller Bass, Kirk Murphy
Music by: Paul Dedell
Lost and Found in Love" by Issac Bashevis Singer
Alchemysts Theater is a new performance company comprised of seasoned local professional actors and musicians that are dedicated to bringing provocative and entertaining Jewish literature to life. Join them for an evening of dramatic storytelling with a staged reading of Issac Bashevis Singer’s short stories set to live music. Followed by a Q&A.
Co-sponsored by: Julie and Rabbi Jim Mirel.
The Rachel/Leah 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.
Co-presented with Covenant Foundation
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 adapted by Tony Kushner, The Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents this tale of love caught between two worlds and a community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces. 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.