SJTC Bringing “Morning Star” to Seven Seattle Area Venues in March & April

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Seattle Premiere Spring 2016

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Morning Star follows a family of Jewish immigrants in New York City, from 1910 to 1931.  Their struggles epitomize the immigrant experience as they encounter the tragedy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, World War I, the Great Depression, and the labor movement. A critical and commercial success when it premiered on Broadway in1940, the play has become a classic, revived with successful runs in New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Tel Aviv and Buenos Aires.

“Wry, funny and often times heart-breaking, Morning Star is a beautiful piece of theater and a lesson in respecting the people whose lives and dreams comprise American history.”  Chicago Sun-Times

Performance Schedule

Saturday, March 12, 8:00 p.m.  University Prep Theater, 8000 25th Avenue NE, Seattle (Wedgwood). Sponsored by Temple Beth Am and Congregation Beth Shalom. Tickets $15/$10 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2489241

Saturday, March 19, 7:30 p.m. Kenyon Hall, 7904 35th Avenue Southwest, Seattle (West Seattle). Tickets $14 – $5 at www.kenyonhall.org

Sunday, March 27 2:00 p.m. Seattle Public Library, Northeast Branch, 6801 35th Avenue, Seattle (free admission) https://www.spl.org/calendar-of-events.

Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. Temple B’nai Torah, 15727 NE 4th St. Bellevue                (See TBT flyer below) https://www.templebnaitorah.org/whats_happening

Friday, April 8, 1:30 p.m. Preview at Seattle Jewish Film Festival, SJCC,3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island. www.SJCC.org

Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, 5217 S. Brandon Street, Seattle (Seward Park) Tickets $15/$10 at http://www.ezrabessaroth.net/

Thursday, April 14, 7:00 p.m. SJCC, 3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island.       Community Partners: Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State and The Summit Tickets $15/$10 at, http://sjcc.org/cultural-arts/theater/

Sunday, April 17, 2:00 p.m. Shalom Club at Trilogy, Redmond                    (Performance for residents)

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The Cast

Becky Feldeman                                Lori Stein

Fanny Felderman                              Deborah Hathaway

Irving Tishman                                  Andy Kaplan

Sadie Felderman                               Emma Wilkinson

Aaron Greenspan                              Stephen Montsaroff

Harry Engel                                       Dani Michael Miller

Myron Engel                                      Adrien “Mick” Gamache

Esther Felderman                              Daisy Schreiber

Hymie Felderman at 13                    Sophie Klemond

Hymie Felderman at 19                    John Paul DeGennaro

Hymie Tashman at 13                      James Brammer

Benjamin Brownstein                       Marc Mayo

Kathleen Connelly                            Mary Brown

 The Crew

Director                                            Art Feinglass

Stage Manager                                Brendan O’Connor

House Manager                               Joan Golston

Costume Designer                           Ede Bookstein

On opening night the cast and director posed for a post-show photo. Left to right, Mary E. Brown, Adrien “Mick” Gamache, Andy Kaplan, Marc Mayo, Sophie Klemond, Lori Stein, Daisy Schreiber, Art Feinglass kneeling, SJTC artistic director, James Brammer, Deborah Hathaway, Dani Michael Miller, John Paul DeGennaro, Emma Wilkinson and Stephen Montsaroff.

On opening night the cast and director posed for a post-show photo. Left to right, Mary E. Brown, Adrien “Mick” Gamache, Andy Kaplan, Marc Mayo, Sophie Klemond, Lori Stein, Daisy Schreiber, Art Feinglass kneeling, SJTC artistic director, James Brammer, Deborah Hathaway, Dani Michael Miller, John Paul DeGennaro, Emma Wilkinson and Stephen Montsaroff.

Just in time for Passover, a new children’s book

by SJTC  artistic director Art Feinglass

THE AFIKOMAN ADVENTURE

Why is this seder night different from all other seder nights? Because tonight their search for the missing afikoman takes Milo and Eli on an adventure into a magical world where their toys come to life.

The seder cannot be completed until they retrieve the afikoman, but to do that they must hike a mountain trail, push through a jungle and cross a lake to a distant castle. On their adventure they engage in a banana fight with a troop of laughing monkeys, help a friendly snake find its lost tail and fend off an attack by the dreaded “thingamabobs.” Join Milo and Eli on their exciting quest in The Afikoman Adventure.

Beautifully illustrated, this is an engaging story for children ages 3 – 8.

Arthur Feinglass wrote The Afikoman Adventure as a Passover present for his grandsons Milo and Eli. His previous books include The Lonesome Dreidel, written as a Chanukah present for his grandchildren Talya and Aitan. Born in New York, he lived on a kibbutz in Israel’s Negev desert and later taught Jewish Literature and Film at Hebrew Union College in New York before becoming a full-time playwright and producer. He is the founder and artistic director of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company.

Available on Amazon at,

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=arthur+feinglass.

From Door to Door for the IAJGS  International Conference at the Seattle Sheraton, August 9

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On August 9, 2016, SJTC will reprise its performance of James Sherman’s From Door to Door for the annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies attended by some 800 people at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

SJTC actors will portray Jewish immigrants who came to Seattle to build their lives and the Jewish community.

SJTC actors will portray Jewish immigrants who came to Seattle to build their lives and the Jewish community.

The company will also present its Jewish History Live program in which SJTC actors portray Jewish merchants who came to Seattle a century ago from Russia, Turkey and Germany to build their lives and the Seattle Jewish community. In costume and in character, cast members will engage conference attendees and share stories of their experiences. The program was a hit at the Museum of History and Industry where it was performed two years ago for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society gala and it promises to be be a great way to tell the Seattle Jewish community’s story to the international audience of conference attendees.

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In October 2016 SJTC will return to the stage of the University of Washington’s Ethnic Cultural Theater for a performance of another classic Jewish play.  The staged reading of Mirele Efros written by acclaimed Yiddish playwright Jacob Gordiin, was very well received and sparked lively audience discussion following the performance.  SJTC looks forward to continuing the tradition of presenting great Jewish theater for the University of Washington’s Stroum Center for Jewish Studies.

Bringing classic and contemporary Jewish theater to Seattle

SJTC has presented a range of Jewish-themed plays at venues throughout the Seattle area, beginning in 2011 with Jennifer Maisel’s award winning and very contemporary family drama The Last Seder. With sold-out performances at Temple Beth Am in Seattle and Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue the company was  launched on its mission of bringing classic and contemporary Jewish plays to the Seattle area..

The Last Seder was followed by the  classic play by Arnold Pearl that first introduced the world of Yiddish theater to Broadway theater goers, The World of Sholom Aleichem. SJTC brought the play to a variety of Jewish and non-Jeiwsh venues, including Herzl Ner Tamid on Mercer Island for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society,  the Kline Galland Home in Seward Park, The Summit at First Hill, Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue and the Presbyterian Retirement Community Skyline at First Hill.

 

The Tony-award winning romantic comedy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo by Alfred Uhry, author of Driving Miss Daisy, was the company’s next offering and that too was well received at Temple Beth Am and Temple De Hirsch Sinai on Capitol HIll.  Previews of scenes from the play were a hit at the Seattle Public Library and the Seattle Jewish Film Festival. 

 

On January 20 SJTC brought a comedy performance of

the classic Abbot and Costello  routine “Who’s On First?” to the Washington State Jewish Historical Society event celebrating Jews in Sports. Two members of the  company, Carol Sage Silverstein and Marc Mayo,  performed live on stage for an audience of 150 people at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.

In February and March the company will bring Susan Sandler’s romantic comedy Crossing Delancey to locations throughout Seattle including a return engagement at the Uptown Theater on Queen Anne for the Seattle Jewish

Film Festval. We’ll also be at at the Seattle Public Library, Kenyon Hall in West Seattle, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seward Park, the Summit on First Hill. Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue and Temple Beth Am in Seattle.

Seattle Magazine Profiles SJTC

Interview by Brangien Davis, from the November 2011 issue:

Art Feinglass, SJTC director

Art Feinglass is bringing Jewish theater to center stage. Image credit: Adam Reitano.

BD: Why did you start the Seattle Jewish Theater Company?

AF: I felt the need to create something personally meaningful and significant. Being Jewish is important to me. While I’m not religious, I do very much appreciate the rich Jewish cultural heritage, especially in theater. I would like to introduce the great plays—provocative dramas, warm comedies, delightful musicals—that have grown out of the Jewish heritage and continue to reflect and interpret that heritage today.

BD: What is a Jewish play?

AF: To my mind, a Jewish play is a play that touches on some aspect of the Jewish experience, and that definition can be fairly flexible. We’ll be performing, in English translation, classics of the great Yiddish theater that delighted audiences in the 19th and early 20th centuries; holiday-based pageants from the Sephardic Jewish tradition; more contemporary award-winning plays by writers like Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, David Mamet, Herb Gardner, Donald Margulies and Wendy Wasserstein; and cutting-edge works by emerging new playwrights.

BD: Do you have to be Jewish to participate?

AF: I remember years ago there was a famous poster in the New York subway of a little Asian boy happily enjoying a sandwich made with Levy’s rye bread. The tagline read, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s.” That’s how I feel about the Seattle Jewish Theater Company. You don’t have to be Jewish to be in the cast, the crew or the audience.