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Family Secrets

FAMILY SECRETS

Shhh.  It’s nobody’s business…stories of fauxpas, missteps and outrageous behavior! Featuring an original song about one wildly dysfunctional family! Hear the tantalizing story of a father’s secret daughter who teaches her new sister about love. What happens when you send the remnants of an un-kosher sandwich to God? Learn how one grandfather became a name on the lips of so many black South Africans. And what are the challenges of public speaking as a Jew in Oman?

Run Time:  70 minutes
Cast:  FOUR Performers

It's A Life

IT'S A LIFE

Stories that celebrate life while looking at the ironic, mystifying, and oftentimes unbelievably funny events surrounding death.  A mountain climbing expedition meets with disastrous events;  a cyber obit makes an actor more famous in death than in life; the hauntingly beautiful story of women in a Chevra Kaddisha, whose mission is to send those who have died to eternity clean, wrapped in a shroud, as dignified Jews.

Run Time:  70 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

True Colors

TRUE COLORS

Run Time:  70 minutes

Guilty Parties

GUILTY PARTIES

A wild ride through the guilt of a new generation. From the things we should have done to actions we regret. No one is safe from this moral dilemma as we navigate the expectations of society, family and relationships.  Meet a woman who is too guilty to order a Frappuccino at Starbucks; join a mother/daughter duo on an emotional shopping trip for a wedding dress, and share the life lessons learned by a book editor whose youthful experience squeezing every dollar out of an 85-year old crippled author changes her moral responsibilities for life. You will also encounter a Jewish lesbian who finally discovers love with a woman 40 years her junior.

Run Time:  70 minutes
Cast:  Five Performers

Crossing Our Red Sea

CROSSING OUR RED SEA

A dozen original stories that transform the Passover story of Exodus into contemporary theatre. Hear stories about a naughty cousin who scared grandma by pretending he was Elijah the prophet. Laugh about a mother’s serious trauma when she found that her six-year old son had head lice, one of the ten plagues God brought down on the Egyptians. Other stories relate the story of Passover to heartbreaking divorce, eternal anti-Semitism, and how the traditional song Dayeinu, which means “it would have been enough” relates to endless emails, wrinkles, computer crashes and other annoyances of life in 2018.

Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

Sacred Resistance

SACRED RESISTANCE

A funny, thought-provoking and moving show about one woman’s journey to do good in the world.  Written and performed by Vicki Juditz.

Run Time:  70 minutes

The Accidental Activist

THE ACCIDENTAL ACTIVIST

A moving and humorous show about people who act to right a wrong, help the helpless, or bring forth a smile where there was no hope.  Meet Elaine, a young mother who discovers her adopted son is autistic and starts a nonprofit to help kids, Libby, a 94 year-old who wasn’t too elderly to lead her fellow tenants to fight back against their greedy landlord and Janet, whose vegetarian protest led to the loss of her community, which was built around chicken soup. Other stories focus on a 9/11 survivor’s precarious journey through life and a mother’s determination to ignite a fire of social justice in her young daughter, who would rather have stayed in bed than march against global warming.

Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

The Space Between

THE SPACE BETWEEN

See how a new generation takes on the comedy and heartbreak of reaching for common ground. A teen-ager visits her ultra-Orthodox family and gets a big surprise. A young woman who has been a bridesmaid many times but never a bride, learns the true meaning of love. A Marine comes home and realizes he is no longer the same man he was and must search his soul to find his humanity. A young girl visits her dying mother in the hospital. Laugh as a young woman reconciles with her father and his new wife, despite a psychosomatic pain in her posterior. Fresh and funny, and a window into a new generation!

Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

Annie Korzen Famous Actress

ANNIE KORZEN FAMOUS ACTRESS

Annie Korzen (Seinfeld’s Doris Klompus), knows what she wants out of life – until life proves her wrong. An evening of laughs, tears, music – and some gentle prodding by a master storyteller and “Moth” mainstager.

Run Time:  70 minutes
Cast:  One Performer

The Matzo Ball Diaries

The Matzo Ball Diaries

This show reveals the secret stories of food and home. Laugh and cry and discover the power of food to nourish, heal or move us to action.  You will laugh at a reminiscence of childhood obesity caused by Jewish food; hear the fascinating story of how the International House of Pancakes was started, and feel the pain of a woman struggling with anorexia. And learn the secret to making the best brisket ever. These and other stories will give taste for fabulous stories about food!

A must see for anyone who loves to eat!

Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

Exile

EXILE: KISSES ON BOTH CHEEKS

A Jewish immigrant story that is rarely told on stage. Until now.  The Sephardic legacy of family, community, and country, looking for home more than 500 years after the expulsion from Spain.   An Egyptian Jewish family decides to have a seder on the eve of being forced to leave their home in Alexandria. Learn the magic of the ancient tradition of Mimouna, a Moroccan tradition. Laugh at a young father who tries to teach his young daughter Arabic. Travel back to Calcutta where a woman and her sister visit their very old aunt, the last member of the family still living in India, and laugh at stories of “intermarriage” between a Sephardic Jewess and an Ashkenazi man. An important show!

Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

More Courage

MORE COURAGE

Featuring stories by Jews and Muslims that illuminate our humanity, celebrate universal themes, and connect us all.  Hear the dramatic story of how a son negotiates his father’s release in a Syrian kidnapping. Sit spellbound hearing the trials of being the first Jewish Miss America. Feel deep emotion witnessing the struggles of a transgender woman who was once a Hasidic rabbi. A Muslim comic tells how she ended up converting. There’s a story of forbidden love between Arabs and Jews. Another story of true connection between a traditional Arab and a secular Israeli Jew when each discovers they have more in common with one another as mothers than those of their own communities. A must see for people of all faiths!

A must see for people of all faiths!

Run Time:  70 minutes
Cast:  Five Performers

Uncuffed

UNCUFFED

This perfect for Passover show explores how we break the ties that bind. In this show about freedom, a girl challenges her rabbi on her bat mitzvah day, a married couple’s infertility issues are forgotten in Thailand, a divorce has some unexpected outcomes,  and a woman accepts becoming a grandmother in an unconventional way. These and other true stories will leave you wanting more. A treat for everyone!
Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

The Art of Forgiveness

The Art of Forgiveness

Is there an art to forgiveness? Jewish women reveal their secrets to forgiving.  But do they ever forget? Find out in this moving and thought-provoking show that deals with sibling rivalry, betrayal, ex-husbands, a German’s plea for forgiveness and one woman’s ability to forgive herself after a horrible accident that takes a man’s life.  All this, and more, will bring you to tears and laughter as well. Tried and true powerhouse of a show!
Run Time:  Can be performed as a 30 or 70 Minute Show
Cast: Six Performers. Song and interactive art piece optional.

Beyond Jacob's Ladder

Beyond Jacob's Ladder

A modern retelling of an ancient story by 10 writers. These poignant stories are modern Midrashim on the Jacob passages from the Bible. A lifetime of love is thwarted by religious differences. God is found in prison. A father’s story about pregnancy. Sibling rivalry that doesn’t end well. Dog love and other animal tales. These and more will make you think, laugh, and cry. Thought-provoking and humorous – a must-see!
Run Time: 65 minutes
Cast: Five Performers

Chutzpah & Salsa

Chutzpah & Salsa

The immigrant story you don’t know and won’t see anywhere else! Stories, poems and songs written by Latino Jews, reveal funny, poignant, and pivotal moments in their lives.   One 14-year old girl learns the lesson of social justice when her actions help a close family member “surface” in Argentina after she has “disappeared” during the Dirty War. A Syrian Jewish woman from Mexico City can’t understand why she’s such an oddity in a small town in Oregon. A convert from Cuba is moved when members of her shul help arrange a Catholic funeral for her beloved mother. These and other stories will move you and make you laugh. A winner for all!

Run Time: 65 minutes
Cast: Five Performers

Oh, Mother!

Oh, Mother!

Jewish women have a thing or two to say about being Jewish moms and having Jewish moms. And what they have to say is anything but cliche!  Can one women let go of her son gracefully as he marries? Or another accept that she has no grandchildren? Or a third be the mother she’s promised to be to her son’s birth mother? Find out about these women and others in this wonderful show about motherhood.

Run Time: 75 minutes
Cast: Seven Performers

Stories From the Fringe

Stories From the Fringe

This play is plucked from 1000 pages of transcripts of interviews with 18 of Los Angeles’ most prominent women rabbis.   Be moved when a little girl of 13 realizes she won’t be counted in a minyan, or feel inspired by one woman who realizes she wants to be a rabbi, or laugh at a 40 year-old rabbi entering the world of dating. This show offers an inspiring look at the women who are changing the face of Judaism. Poignant and magical as women rabbis are known as never before.

Run Time: 70 minutes
Cast: Four Performers

Saffron & Rosewater

SAFFRON & ROSEWATER

The perfume of Persian nights will transport you in a fragrant evening of stories, song, and lovely surprises. This original show explores the Persian Jewish woman’s experiences as a child fleeing Iran, an immigrant adapting to a new home, a college student wishing to move to a dorm but defying her traditional father, a writer making it in America, and an immigrant celebrating Thanksgiving, and features works by Persian powerhouse writers: Gina Nahai, Angella Nazarian, Farideh Golden, Esther Amini and Dora Levy Mossanen.
Run Time:  70 Minutes
Cast: Six Performers. Songs optional.

God Plans, and Woman Laughs

God Plans, And Woman Laughs

Strong Jewish women face life’s unexpected turns. What happens to a bunch of talented Jewish women who make solid plans for their future, but life has something else in store for them? This show explores the often surprising or heart-breaking outcomes to our dreams.
Run Time: 75 minutes
Cast: Six Performers.  Song optional.

My Bad, My Good

MY BAD, MY GOOD

Honest, revealing and funny
confessions of 20/30 somethings.
Confessions of pivotal moments in life – learning to love, settling the score, figuring out what makes someone Jewish, and other funny and revealing stories in this one-of-a-kind show that will make you rethink your views about a new generation!
Run Time:  60 Minutes
Cast:  Five Performers

Our Men Have Their Say

OUR MEN HAVE THEIR SAY

What are our men saying? Find out in this poignant show that will surely engender laughter and tears.   An 11-year-old Hebrew school student falls in love with the matriarch Sarah and is caught red-handed by his old-world teacher, to laughable results. Laugh as an older Jewish couple reminisce about their weekends in the Catskills until we learn of a possible affair. A teen-age boy rebels against his family’s Shabbos tradition, only to learn the biggest lesson of his life. A man searches for his father with heartbreaking results. A Russian émigré recounts his time in a Russian prison all because he wanted to be a Jew. Jewish men will never be viewed the same again!

Run Time:  70 Minutes
Cast:  Four Performers

Not That Jewish

NOT THAT JEWISH

Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian Monica Piper brings to the stage her raucously funny yet deeply poignant personal journey of a Jew-“ish”woman’s life.  Audiences leave laughed out, a little teary-eyed and happy to be Jewish…even those who aren’t.

Run Time:  70 Minutes

Cast: One Performer

Hold Me, Heal Me

Hold Me, Heal Me

How kindness comforts us even in our most broken moments. This evening of stories, poems, plays and songs will make you laugh, cry, and remember how acts of kindness impact your life.  An agoraphobic in Beverly Hills is helped out by a stranger on the phone in Mumbai. Ex-lovers meet in an airport 10 years post relationship and find that love is still there. A young woman who shares food with inmates is repaid with her life. A Shabbos goy is comforted by a rabbi. A show for everyone!
Run Time: 70 minutes
Cast: Four/Five performers

Past & Present: Russian Jewish American Stories

Past & Present: Russian Jewish American Stories

Stories of leaving one land for another, settling in a new country, learning what it means to be a Jew out from under Communism or Perestroika. A unique show of stories, poetry, plays and song, which explores the humorous and poignant stories of Russian-speaking Jews – the life they lived in the FSU and the life they are living today as Americans. A whole new way of thinking about Soviet Jews.
Run Time:  70 Minutes
Cast: Five Performers.  Songs Optional.

Eden According to Eve

Eden According to Eve

Revisit Eve, Sarah, Miriam, Rebecca, and Delilah in an all-new way. What happens when Jewish women re-imagine bible stories from a feminine perspective and set the stories in today’s world? Find out in this raucous, moving, and ultimately thoughtful evening of commissioned work that traverses such subjects as growing older, betrayal, suicide, divorce and rape. This is a not-to-be-missed show that delivers.
Run Time: 60 Minutes
Cast: Five Performers. Song optional.

Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions

Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions

Stories  from our sacred texts are reinterpreted for the modern age. Any preconceptions are sure to be upended with this hilarious and provocative evening of stories, song and surprising moments that use bible stories and sacred texts to reveal truths about our lives today. There are twins at war.  An orphan who tries to fill her life with clothes travels to the Holy Land where courage is found.
Run Time: 75 minutes
Cast: Six performers

Reckoning with Dad

Reckoning with Dad

Reckoning With Dad explores those moments in our lives when we either make peace or war with our fathers. This show explores those moments in our lives when we either make peace or war with our fathers. A father teaches a daughter what it means to stick up for your values as he integrates his neighborhood. Another father tells his daughter a secret—that he was blacklisted—and stood up to McCarthy.  A daughter pays tribute to her survivor father.  Another daughter makes peace with her father as he’s dying. Anyone who has a father, or is a father or knows a father, will love this show.
Run Time: 65 Minutes
Cast: Six Performers

Sex, Lies, & Virtual Relationships

Sex, Lies, & Virtual Relationships

This startling, funny, thought-provoking show examines the connect and disconnect of relationships in the age of the Internet. Facebook is used to offer a confession from 45 years ago.  A woman is jealous of the navigation device in her husband’s car, mostly because she used to tell her husband where to go.  A lonely, rejected married woman explores an all-marrieds dating site only to find a love she cannot have.  A cyber obit makes an actor more famous in death than in life. A fantastic show!
Run Time: 75 minutes
Cast: Five performers

He Said…She Said

He Said…She Said

A provocative show full of surprises and laughs as men and women tell all  about fun, family, and fooling around. An evening of stories, short plays, and songs from Jewish men and Jewish women that will make you laugh at how different the sexes are. A husband and wife recount their funny first meeting…but who is telling the truth?  A mother and son share their stories about the dark days of divorce, but each remembers something different. An 11-year-old Hebrew school student falls in love with the matriarch Sarah and is caught red-handed by his old-world teacher. The loss of a husband/father and the ritual of mourning brings a mother and daughter together. A true gift!
Run Time:  65 minutes
Cast:  Five Performers. Song optional.

Temptation

Temptation

A shocking and mostly surprising show that will surely evoke laughter and tears, but most of all remind you how seductive temptation can be. This show examines the eternal conundrum of temptation through words and music, and looks at moments in life that are too tempting to resist, and the consequences of taking a bite out of various forbidden fruits. From teenagers who open a book about tantric sex, to an elected official offered a bribe, to a family dealing with homosexuality.  Stores by powerhouse writers Cindy Chupack, Julie Orringer, David Masello and others.
Run Time: 65 Minutes
Cast: Six Performers

The Moment You Knew

The Moment You Knew

Moments of revelation and discovery in a Jewish woman’s life. This show explores the lives and experiences of a group of Jewish women at seminal moments.  The turning point when a parent dies, or a career is left, or when love is renewed. Laugh, cry and see yourself revealed in these true stories.
Run Time:  75 Minutes
Cast: Eight Performers. Songs optional.

A Full Cup

A Full Cup

A show that explores gratitude. When Jewish women count the blessings in their lives, be prepared to laugh and cry in this no-holding-back show of quick wit and deep emotion about gratitude.  Features original work by five wonderful LA writers.
Run Time:  75 Minutes
Cast: Ten Performers (can do with fewer).
Songs Optional. Short film optional.

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

The Blessing of a Broken Heart

Based on an Award-winning memoir by Sherri Mandell. This one-woman show follows Sherri Mandell, a young American mother, who moves her family from Maryland to the wilderness of Israel in search of meaning and adventure. When a shocking tragedy hits her family, she embarks on a profound journey of discovery and spiritual transcendence.
Run Time: 70 Minutes
Cast: One Performer.  A few sound cues.

Kimchi & Cranberries

Kimchi & Cranberries

Jews of many ethnic origins share poignant stories. This short show explores Jewish diversity in a short show highlighting stories of Persians, Sephardim, and Eskenazi Jews—and a few surprises. A Korean woman rabbi shares her story of rejection then acceptance as a Jew and a rabbi. A Russian comic can’t help but make you laugh and cry about her family’s immigration to America. What does one take and what does one leave  behind when leaving one’s homeland?
Run Time: 35 Minutes
Cast:  Eight Performers.

Celebration of Jewish Women

Celebration of Jewish Women

Celebrate strong Jewish women. This short program is an emotional ride. Start with Noah’s Wife who has no name but begot so many generations. Or experience a brilliant piece about a young mother working at Juvenile Hall, helping teen girls find dreams. Or laugh at a funny story about being called a Shayna Medyele by a beloved grandmother. Laughter, tears and everything in between abounds.
Run Time: 30 Minutes
Cast: Five or Six Performers.  Song Optional.

The Best of Jewish Women’s Theatre

The Best of Jewish Women’s Theatre

Culled from years of sold-out Salon shows and put into one. This is our anniversary show, that traipses through all of JWT’s past seasons to pick some of the very best.  We travel to a Persian garden where memory is as lush as the roses, and a synagogue where a rabbi asks for guidance from God, then to a commune in the 60s being asked to share your man, and to a doctor’s office when a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness is discovered.  This show will make think about gratitude, love and strength. And of course, will make you laugh.
Run Time:  35 Minutes
Cast: Seven Performers.   Song optional.

Sit Down, Hear Me

Sit Down, Hear Me

Jewish women show their strength under adversity. This show covers a lot of ground in a short time. Be amused by an unusual immigrant story.  Experience the loss a young wife feels when her husband unexpectedly dies.  Enjoy some poignant songs. Bust a gut when you listen to a bad girl of the bible justify her actions.  This timeless, moving, inspiring show will make you wish it had a second act.
Run Time:  30 Minutes
Cast: Six Performers.  Song optional.