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Coming in Spring 2017

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The Dybbuk, regarded as the greatest classic of Yiddish drama, depicts a young bride in a Polish shtetl who is possessed by the spirit – a dybbuk– of her dead beloved. Written in 1914 by S. Ansky and directed by Seattle Jewish Theater Company artistic director, Art Feinglass, The Dybbuk tells a story, rooted in Jewish folklore, of love caught between two worlds and a Jewish community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces.

Ansky wrote the play after a fact-finding tour through the Jewish communities of the Pale of Settlement and his fascination with rabbinical wisdom, spirituality and Jewish folklore are clearly evident in the play.

The bride, Leah, though betrothed by her ambitious father to a wealthy stranger, yearns for troubled young scholar Chonen. Chonen’s frustration at being thwarted in love drives him to the secrets of the Kabbalah which he believes can unlock the hidden powers of the universe and enable him to marry Leah. But, as the plot unfolds, there is a heavy price to pay for delving into secret things.

In the 100 years since it’s creation, The Dybbuk has become a canonical work of Hebrew and Yiddish theatre and has been translated into dozens of languages and intrigued audiences around the world.  The play will be performed in Yiddish at locations throughout the Seattle area.

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“From Door To Door” at Jewish Genealogical Conference August 9,

Previews July 24 & 30

We’re proud to announce that we’ve been invited to present an encore performance of From Door To Door for an international audience at the 36th annual conference of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies at the Sheraton Seattle on August 9. We will present preview performances, open to the public, at the Seattle Public Library’s Northeast branch on Sunday afternoon, 2:00 – 4:00 July 24 (free admission, reservations at SeattleJewishTheaterCompany@gmail.com) and at Kenyon Hall in West Seattle on Saturday night, July 30 (information and reservations at http://kenyonhall.org.)

Written by award-winning playwright James Sherman, and directed by SJTC artistic director Art Feinglass, From Door to Door is a bittersweet comedy about three generations of Jewish women and the American dream. The play will be performed by three talented local actors, Leah Vetter, a member of Temple Beth Am, Natalie Schmidt and Alice Bridgforth, who appeared in the earlier production. All performances will be followed by an audience discussion with the director and cast.

The play takes its title from the Hebrew song “L’dor V’dor” which means “From Generation to Generation.” It examines what it means to grow up Jewish and to love those closest to, and most like, ourselves. SJTC brought From Door To Door to Jewish venues throughout the Seattle area two years ago to enthusiastic audience response. Conference planners thought the play especially fitting for an organization that deals with Jewish genealogy.

At the IAJGS conference we will also present Jewish History Live, with SJTC actors portraying actual Jewish immigrants who came to Seattle from areas as disparate as Turkey, Rhodes and Russia in the early 1900’s and Germany in the 1930’s.

If you missed it last time, or would like to see it again, I hope you’ll come to see our performance of From Door to Door at the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library on July 20 or at Kenyon Hall on July 30.

Coming in Spring 2017

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The Seattle Jewish Theater Company presents The Dybbuk, Spring 2017

The Dybbuk, regarded as the greatest classic of Yiddish drama, depicts a young bride in a Polish shtetl who is possessed by the spirit – a dybbuk– of her dead beloved. Written in 1914 by S. Ansky and directed by Seattle Jewish Theater Company artistic director, Art Feinglass, The Dybbuk tells a story, rooted in Jewish folklore, of love caught between two worlds and a Jewish community dealing with mysterious, other-worldly forces.

The bride, Leah, though betrothed by her ambitious father to a wealthy stranger, yearns for troubled young scholar Chonen. Chonen’s frustration at being thwarted in love drives him to the secrets of the Kabbalah which he believes can unlock the hidden powers of the universe and enable him to marry Leah. But, as the plot unfolds, there is a heavy price to pay for delving into secret things.

Ansky wrote the play after a fact-finding tour through the Jewish communities of the Pale of Settlement and his fascination with rabbinical wisdom, spirituality and Jewish folklore are clearly evident in the play.

In the 100 years since it’s creation, The Dybbuk has become a canonical work of Hebrew and Yiddish theatre and has been translated into dozens of languages and intrigued audiences around the world.

Seattle Premiere Spring 2016

MORNING STAR

Written by Sylvia Regan     Directed by Art Feinglass

Morning StarMorning 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. (admission free)

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

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

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

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

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Morning Star blue revised copy (1)The Cast

Becky Feldeman                    Lori Stein

Fanny Felderman                   Deborah Jacoby 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

The"Morning Star" cast

The cast of Morning Star, left to right, Mary Brown, Deborah Jacoby Hathaway, Stephen Montsaroff, Daisy Schreiber, Andy Kaplan, James Brammer, SJTC Artistic Director Art Feinglass, Marc Mayo, Adrien Gamache, Sophie Klemond, Dani Michael Miller, Lori Stein, John Paul DeGennaro, and Emma Wilkinson.

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

SJCC

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.

UWJSPIn 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 bringing great Jewish theater to the University of Washington.

The Seattle Jewish Theater Company

The mission of the Seattle Jewish Theater Company, now in its sixth year, is to bring classic and contemporary Jewish theater to Seattle.

The SJTC typically presents two shows a year, one in the fall and one in the spring performing for over 1,400 people annually.  Previous spring plays include From Door to Door, Crossing Delancey, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and The Last Seder. Fall productions have included The World of Sholom Aleichem and the classic Yiddish play Mirele Efros for the University of Washington. In September 2014 SJTC entertained 350 people at the Washington State Jewish Historical Society’s gala at the Museum of History and Industry, in a program entitled Shalom, Open for Business, in which SJTC actors portrayed Jewish merchants in Seattle in the early years of the twentieth century.