Readers Theatre

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About Theatre Chevruta

Theatre is an exploration of culture, entertainment, and ideas, shared by the audience and performers. Chevruta is an exploration of the Talmud, shared by two people. Theatre Chevruta, through its productions and supplemental offerings (post-show talkbacks, preview lectures and discussions, etc.), exists to let audience and performers explore important, entertaining, and often unfamiliar offerings of Jewish theatre--Yiddish theatre, Israeli theatre, new works, obscured classics, and more.

Theatre Chevruta's 2014-2015 season: Newish Jewish Theatre

For its sophomore season, Theatre Chevruta presents staged readings of new (or new-ish) works of Jewish theatre.

What is a staged reading? A staged reading is a fully cast, fully rehearsed presentation of a play with scripts in hand. Particularly popular in the development of new works and the revisiting of obscure works, the absence of lighting, sets, and costumes allows the focus to be on the actors and the words.

Tickets now available for Original Synergy!

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Original SynergyOriginal Synergy
by Doug Brook
adapted from the international best-seller, The Bible, by God

October 25th, 2014 | 7:00pm -- buy tickets
October 26th, 2014 | 2:00pm -- buy tickets
Enjoy a post-show talkback after each performance!

What if the world was created by committee? Original Synergy expands on the limited details of Genesis, Chapter One, looking inside the conference room where the Big G assembled a committee of His Left Brain, Right Brain, Ego, Super Ego, Id, and – once woman was created – Feminine Side. This comedic and occasionally (accidentally) poignant adaptation of The Bible and corporate/non-profit life reveals whether these sides of the Big G's psyche, and the world they created, are greater or less than the sum of their parts.

$15 general admission, $10 JCC members
The Cast and Crew:
Big G -- Ross Harkness
Left Brain -- Barbara Heninger
Right Brain -- Braden Taylor
Super Ego -- Steve Dick
Ego -- Tom Shamrell
Id -- Melissa Weinstein
Feminine Side -- Sara Renee Morris
Stage Directions -- Danni Horwitz
Director -- Doug Brook

Ascher LevMy Name is Asher Lev
by Aaron Posner
adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok

May 2nd, 2015 | 7:00pm with a post-show talkback
May 3rd, 2015 | 2:00pm with a post-show talkback

My Name is Asher Lev follows the journey of a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.
 "Thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful." -- Talkin' Broadway

$15 general admission, $10 JCC members

Theatre Chevruta, a Jewish Readers Theatre, is made possible in part by a generous gift from Virginia and Randy Hess.

The APJCC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that welcomes everyone. We rely on generous donations to continue serving our community and those in need. A beneficiary agency of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and a proud member of the JCC Association of North America. This website copyright 2014 Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley.

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