Theater at the JCC
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 Premiere Season, 2013-2014: A Taste of Yiddish Theatre
For its first season, Theatre Chevruta presents staged readings of two iconic Jewish plays.
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.
Auditions for our second staged reading, God of Vengeance, are coming up!
For audition information, click here.
Tevya and His Daughters
by Arnold Perl
Saturday, December 7th | 8:00pm -- online sales closed, but tickets are available at the door
Sunday, December 8th | 2:00pm -- online sales closed, but tickets are available at the door
Before there was Fiddler on the Roof, there was Tevya and His Daughters. Written by Arnold Perl, Tevya remains faithful to the original stories by Sholom Aleichem, retaining the master storyteller’s wit, wisdom, and insight into Jewish life. The APJCC is proud to present a reading of this warmhearted play in honor of the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof.
The Cast and Company:
Tevya -- Michael Johnson
Golde -- Virginia Hess
Tzeitl -- Ambera DeLash
Hodel -- Lea Simon
Chava -- Danni Horwitz
Mottel -- Tom Shamrell
Lazar Wolf -- David Sabes
Feferal (Perchik) -- Tom Shamrell
Merchant -- Steven Dick
Merchant's Wife -- Sylvia Metz
Merchant's Daughter -- Danni Horwitz
Rabbi -- Rabbi Philip Ohriner (Sat),
Rabbi Josh Berkenwald (Sun)
Director -- Doug Brook
Stage Manager -- Philip Jacke
Tickets are $10 for JCC members, $8 for students and seniors, and $15 general admission. Enjoy a talkback with the director and actors after the Sunday performance. For more information, contact Jenessa at 408.357.7411 or email@example.com.
Online sales are closed, but tickets are available at the door.
God of Vengeance by Donald Margulies
an English-language adaptation of the iconic Yiddish play by Sholem Asch
Saturday, March 8th | 8:00pm
Sunday, March 9th | 2:00pm
In Margulies' English-language adaptation of one of the most iconic and controversial plays from the Yiddish theatre, Jack Chapman runs a brothel on the first floor of his tenement and while he is prosperous, he is not virtuous. For his daughter Rivkele, however, Jack aspires for something more--respectability through her marriage to a religious scholar. But Rivkele's tender love affair with Manke, one of Jack's prostitutes, threatens to destroy the upcoming marriage, and with it, Jack's dream of redemption.
Tickets are $10 for JCC members, $8 for students and seniors, and $15 general admission. Enjoy a talkback with the director and actors after the Sunday performance. To buy tickets or for more information, contact Jenessa at 408.357.7411 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Supplemental offerings, such as related lectures in the weeks before the shows, will be announced soon. Please check back here for more information.
Auditions for "God of Vengeance"
Mark your calendars for God of Vengeance auditions.
Directed by Doug Brook.
Auditions: Tuesday, December 10th, Wednesday, December 11th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
Callbacks: Thursday, December 12th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
At the APJCC: 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, Activity Room A
No appointment necessary. Attend either Tuesday or Wednesday night; those needed for Thursday callbacks will be notified.
A brief monologue is welcome, but not required. Cold readings from the script will be provided.
Resume and headshot are welcome, but not required.
Please bring your calendar for January through early March, to indicate potential rehearsal conflicts.
Setting: Lower East Side, New York, 1923. The upstairs apartment of Jack Chapman, his wife Sara, and daughter Rivkele; and the brothel downstairs that Jack runs.
This play contains adult subject matter, and is not recommended for children 16 and under.
- Sara – (30-40s) Jack’s wife, a former prostitute, and good mother to Rivkele
- Rivkele – (17) Jack and Sara’s daughter, raised upstairs and sheltered from the brothel below; but who secretly found a friend (and more) in Manke
- Manke – (20s) a streetwalker, the most popular in Jack’s brothel, secretly friends (and more) with Rivkele
- Hindl – (30s) a streetwalker, formerly involved with Shloyme
- Basha – (early 20s) a streetwalker, recent immigrant
- Reyzl – (early 20s) a streetwalker, recent immigrant
- Poor Women – Lower East Side denizens
- Jack Chapman – (40s) (aka Yankel Tshaptshovitsh) Successful owner of a brothel, looking for respectability, trying to raise his daughter for a better life and to marry a Talmudic scholar.
- Shloyme – (30s) a flashily-dressed, streetwise felon; banished by Jack, he returns to open a competing brothel
- Reb Eli – a matchmaker and all-around go-between
- Reb Aaron (the Scribe) – an older, mysterious, pious man
- Orthodox Man – (late middle-age) a recent widower, who tries to visit Chapman’s brothel
- Irish Kid – (late teens) visits the brothel on a dare
- Second Kid – (late teens) visits the brothel on a dare, and chickens out
- Prospective In-Law – (40s) father of the potential husband for Rivkele
- Indigents/Poor People/Minyan/Partygoers – various Lower East Side denizens
Any questions, please contact Doug Brook, Artistic Director, at email@example.com.