The Jewish Repertory Theatre presents its 19th season
Following a 15-month absence of live shows and programming, JRT is proud to announce a return to the stage for our three play 2021-2022 season, all performed live in-person at the Robert and Maxine Sellers Theatre at the Jewish Community Center Benderson Family Building.
The Covid-19 pandemic posed an unprecedented challenge for our theater as well as theaters around the globe. Through the support of our patrons and subscribers we were able to pivot to a five-play virtual staged reading format that was viewed in over 45 cities across the US and Canada. We also teamed with JCC Cultural Arts and Moment magazine for a live world premier Zoom reading of Nancy Kelton’s Finding Mr. Rightstein. Along with these productions, we were able to conduct interviews with all five playwrights involved in our season, all of which are still available to view on the JCC Buffalo YouTube page.
We begin our 19th season with Photograph 51 by Anna Ziegler. This engaging and critically acclaimed play tells the fascinating and little-known true story of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the twentieth century, and her quest to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of this trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman. Ambition, isolation, and the race for greatness are explored in this intelligent, exciting and quickly paced show. Photograph 51 will be directed by Katie Mallinson and stars Kristen Tripp Kelley as Rosalind Franklin. The cast will also include Jacob Albarella, Ray Boucher, David Hayes, Dan Torres and Adam Yellen. Running October 21 – November 14, 2021.
For our second production of the season we present The Treasurer by Max Posner. This darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother. In the wake of her husband’s death Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely and fading fast. After spending a large chunk of her children’s money her estranged son is forced to take on the role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. A hit in New York City and across the country, this poetic and thought-provoking show explores the bonds and divisions of families later in life, as well the possibilities of forgiveness and change. The Treasurer will be directed by JRT Artistic Director, Saul Elkin and stars John Kreuzer, David Lundy, Darleen Pickering-Hummert and Alex Watts. Running February 3 – 27, 2022.
For our final production, we present Modern Orthodox by Daniel Goldfarb. This hilarious and heartfelt comedy tells the story of Ben Jacobson, an Upper West Side financial consultant ready to propose to his long-time girlfriend Hannah, and Herschel Klein, an Orthodox diamond dealer tasked with selling Ben an engagement ring. After a fateful first meeting Herschel becomes entangled in the lives of Ben and Hannah for better and worse. Initially Ben and Herschel’s differing views on their shared religion divides them, but as both men struggle with romantic relationships and faith an unexpected bond is forged between them in their pursuit of love. Modern Orthodox will be directed by Steve Vaughan and stars Zachary Bellus, Genevieve Ellis and Adam Yellen. Running May 5 – 29, 2022
All three productions will feature set design by David Dwyer, lighting design by Brian Cavanaugh, sound design by Tom Makar, costume design by Kari Drozd with stage management by KG Gorning.
Performance days and times for each production are Thursday 7:30pm, Saturday 4:00pm and 8:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm.
For more information about the JRT, our productions, season subscriptions and tickets, please visit www.jewishrepertorytheatre.org. Tickets are also available at the JRT Box Office: 716-650-7626. New this season all JCC members will receive a 25% discount on season subscriptions and individual tickets. This includes virtual, silver sneakers, and other insurance-based memberships.
Please know that the safety of our audience, actors, and crew are always our number one priority. JRT and The JCC will continue to abide by New York state regulations and safety guidelines to insure a safe, comfortable and enjoyable return to live theater.
The Jewish Repertory Theatre of Western New York is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo.