Material adapted and produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Assistant Director Lisa Cirincione
JWT Producer Jodie Mendelson
House Producers Elana Polan, Josh Hillinger and Sam Mandel
Welcome – Jodie Mendelsohn, JWT Producer and Board Member
I’ll Raise My Voice
Music and Lyrics by Rachel Eskenazi-Gold. Vocals by Mirai Booth-Ong.
A Jewish Pastry
Written by Anna Forward. Performed by Lisa Cirincione and Sean Topps.
Adventures in Judaism of an Honorary Jew
Written by Marina Chan. Performed by Mirai Booth-Ong, Arva Rose and Sean Topps.
Written by Lili Nanus. Performed by Matisse Rose and Arva Rose.
Jewess Leaves her House
Written by Jess Ansik. Performed by Pontea Banayan.
Written by Allyson Himelstein. Performed by Matisse Rose, Lisa Cirincione, and Sean Topps.
An Answer to My Prayers
Written by Henry W. Kimmel. Performed by Sean Topps and Lisa Cirincione.
The Designated Mourner
Written by Lizzie Shackney. Performed by Mirai Booth-Ong.
Crank House Just Got Crankier
Written by Grace Fetterman. Performed by Matisse Rose, Arva Rose and Mirai Booth-Ong.
Truth In Pictures
Story by Rabbi Rochelle Tulik, adapted by Ronda Spinak and Rabbi Lynne Appel. Performed by Lisa Cirincione.
Father in Me
Written by Paul V. Performed by Sean Topps.
Music and lyrics by Pontea Banayan. Performed by Pontea Banayan.
LISA CIRINCIONE (actor) recently starred alongside W. Earl Brown in the indie drama Porcupine out this fall. She also makes her producing debut with this film. Lisa received LA WEEKLY and LA Drama Critic’s Circle nominations for the role of Catherine in Pacific Resident Theatre’s production of A View from the Bridge. Lisa is a proud company member of Pacific Resident Theatre and The Road Theatre Company and is so honored to be a new Artist in Residence with Jewish Women’s Theatre! She can be seen on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, in national commercials, including a spot for Sky Italia with Sandra Oh, and in numerous Indie Films. Lisa received her B.F.A. in acting from USC and would like to thank her vivacious Sicilian-Jewish family for their constant love and support as well as Ronda and the whole JWT team.
RACHEL ESKANAZI-GOLD (Songwriter) is a New York–based actor and composer. She recently graduated from the University of Michigan with a BFA in musical theater, where she wrote, produced, and music-directed the full-length musical Legends Ourselves and the song cycle Songs from Faraway Places. “I’ll Raise My Voice” is from that song cycle, which is based on Rachel’s personal experiences when she went abroad. Her music has been performed as part of NAMF at cabarets, and she also has a single on iTunes. Rachel continues to write and perform her own material. Check out her website www.RachelEG.com for more info and more music.
RONDA SPINAK (Producer) created and produces JWT’s At-Homes Salon Theatre Series, now in its eighth season. She has curated more than 24 original Jewish-themed salon shows for JWT, as well as adapted many of the pieces performed. She graduated from Stanford University, and holds degrees from UCLA (MBA) and USC (Masters in professional writing). Ronda’s plays include Stories from the Fringe and festival-winner Oscar Wilde’s Wife, a favorite at the Ashland New Play Festival and Dayton’s FutureFest. She has written for the Emmy Award-winning children’s show Rugrats and authored the critically acclaimed nonfiction book ProBodX: Proper Body Exercise (HarperCollins, publisher). Ronda is on the board of the Association for Jewish Theatres and is a member of the Dramatists Guild. She feels blessed to be working with the many talented and inspiring women who give so generously to Jewish Women’s Theatre.