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We close at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 4, and remain closed Wednesday, October 5, 2022, for Yom Kippur. Regular hours resume on Thursday, October 6.

We are excited to announce our  20th Anniversary Season!

For 2,000 years, Jews have been a diasporic people, melding with communities and cultures across the globe. Sometimes Jews fit in the fringes; many times, they were visionaries. This unique perspective has propelled diverse Jewish contributions throughout the arts.

For 20 years, Jewish Repertory Theatre has showcased the vibrance that Jewish culture has imprinted on our world. From its humble beginnings as a theater company without a home to the creation of The Robert and Maxine Seller Theater in 2011, JRT has become an integral part of the WNY theater community. For this special anniversary season, we continue to celebrate the legacy of Jewish storytelling with three beloved plays. Alongside these productions, we look forward to presenting our JRT20 celebration, book clubs, panel discussions, and our first-ever stage-to-screen series.

This season, we not only celebrate twenty years of JRT but also the legacy of Co-founder and Artistic Director Saul Elkin. Saul’s work has been integral in developing not just Jewish theater in our community but the development and growth of theater all over Western New York, including the founding of Shakespeare in Delaware Park and his many years serving as Chair of the UB Theater Department.

2022-23 Season Subscription Benefits

  • The subscription cost is equal to 3 tickets for the price of two!
  • Discounted tickets for special events
  • Early ticketing access for the wildly popular I’m Not a Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce 
  • Early performance/date selection for the entire season 
  • Early ticketing access for our JRT20 Celebration
  • Access to subscriber-only open rehearsals for each show produced during the season
  • Free access to babysitting when available
  • Early ticketing access to our brand-new Stage to Screen Series, where we show the film for each play in the middle of their run

Season Subscriptions Available Now!

For any questions or more information about the JRT season, please contact Adam Yellen at 716-688-4114 Ext. 309 or by email .

The Chosen

By Chaim Potok

Running October 27- November 20
Thursdays- 7:30 pm, Saturdays- 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Sundays- 2:00 pm

For the first production of our 20th anniversary season, we return to one of JRT’s first hit shows. This stage adaptation of the revered novel is the story of two boys, two fathers, and two very different Jewish communities – “five blocks and a world apart” – in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in the 1940s. Set against the backdrop of WWII, the revelation of the Holocaust, and the desperate struggle of Zionism, The Chosen remains not essentially political or religious but deeply human. Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders are both passionate and intelligent young men. When Reuven is injured by Danny during a heated baseball game between their rival yeshivas, a unique friendship is born. As the boys grow to manhood, they are forced to learn important lessons about each other, their fathers, and themselves. This is a story of friendship, family, and difficult choices that we must all make on the path to understanding, respect, and reconciliation.

Directed by JRT Artistic Director and Co-Founder Saul Elkin

Community Book Read Panel: The Chosen– In Association with JCC Cultural Arts
Wednesday, November 2 at 6:30 pm at Benderson

Join us as we discuss Chaim Potok’s classic novel and play The Chosen. A distinguished panel, including cast and crew members of JRT’s production of The Chosen, Religious School Director of Congregation Shir Shalom-Gesher Religious School, Einav Symons, and Shir Shalom Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klien of Congregation Shir Shalom, will discuss the themes, history, and relevance of this timeless story.

Register Here

Stage to Screen: The Chosen- In Association with JCC Cultural Arts
Monday, November 14 at 7:00 pm at Benderson.

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning 1981 film adaptation of The Chosen, starring Maximillian Schell and Rod Steiger. Popcorn will be provided!

Register Here

Tuesdays with Morrie

By Mitch Albom

Running February 2-26
Thursdays- 7:30 pm, Saturdays- 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Sundays- 2:00 pm

Based on the 2006 best-selling memoir, Tuesdays with Morrie is the autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Starring JCC Director of Performing Arts, Adam Yellen and Buffalo acting legend Jack Hunter.

Directed by Award Winning JRT actor Josie DiVincenzo (Dai, What I Thought I Knew)

Barefoot in the Park

By Neil Simon

Running April 27-May 21
Thursdays- 7:30 pm, Saturdays- 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm, Sundays- 2:00 pm

Newlyweds Corie, a free spirit, and Paul Bratter, an uptight lawyer, share a sixth-floor apartment in Greenwich Village. Soon after their marriage, Corie tries to find a companion for mother, Ethel, who is now alone, and sets her up with their neighbor-in-the-attic Velasco. During a dinner with Ethel and Velasco, everything that can go wrong does, inappropriate behavior ensues, and the young couple considers divorce. This classic comedy became Neil Simon’s longest running show and has delighted audiences for decades.

Directed by Artie Award winning director and longtime JRT designer, Brain Cavanagh

SPECIAL EVENTS

I’m Not A Comedian…I’m Lenny Bruce

Written By And Starring Ronnie Marmo

March 11-12, 2023

This nationally recognized hit, one man show, chronicles the life and death of the most controversial comedian and undisputed legend of all time…Lenny Bruce. His personal pain, sharply funny social commentary and completely original, freestyle comedy left a lasting impact on today’s poetry, politics, music, film-and of course-comedy. His unwavering commitment to, and passion for, free speech led to numerous obscenity charges and arrests. Bruce fought for freedom of speech all the way to the Supreme Court and died of an accidental overdose in 1966 while out on appeal. Lauded by fans and former friends of the late comedian, Marmo’s portrayal brings the notorious funnyman to life with all the electrifying, insightful and comedic brilliance as the one and only Lenny Bruce himself.

Directed by Tony and Emmy Awards Winner Joe Mantegna

Only running for THREE performances! Please note that this is a special event and will not be included in season subscription sales. Season Subscribers will however receive early access to tickets.

*I’m Not a Comedian… I’m Lenny Bruce explores mature themes, includes strong language, and is intended for mature audiences. Only those over 17 will be admitted.

JRT20 Celebration 

Sunday, December 11, 2022

For 20 years, we have been showcasing the contributions of Jewish artists. The JRT has produced more than 40 plays for more than 40,000 people as we have explored Jewish stories and playwrights.

For one night, in honor of our 20th anniversary, we proudly focus on Jewish contributions to popular holiday music.

Join us for this special fundraising event, including a Chinese dinner followed by musical performances sung by some of the finest voices in Buffalo.

In addition, we will recognize and celebrate beloved JRT actors, designers, contributors, and the one and only Saul Elkin in between performances.

Summertime Cabaret 

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Join us for our second Cabaret of the season as we celebrate classic Jewish composers and lyricists such as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, and many others!  

Contact Us

Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY 

The Maxine and Robert Seller Theatre
Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo
Benderson Family Building
2640 North Forest Rd, Getzville, NY 14068
JRT Box Office 716-650-7626
Adam Yellen, Director of Performing Arts: 716-688-4114 x309
Fax: 716-688-3572
General questions and concerns: Send Mail

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