Modern Orthodox by Daniel Goldfarb
Running: May 5-29
Showtimes: Thursday 7:30pm
Saturday 3:30pm and 7:30pm
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 religions divides them, but as both men struggle with romantic relationships and faith an unexpected bond is forged between them in their pursuit of love.
Directed by Steve Vaughan
Starring: Zachary Bellus, Robyn Braun, Genevieve Ellis, and Adam Yellen
“Hilarious. There are lots of belly laughs, thanks to playwright Daniel Goldfarb’s ability to craft genuinely funny one-liners.” —NY Post.
“Daniel Goldfarb has written an adorable romantic comedy—with honest to G-d belly laughs—about love and sex and faith and friendship.” —Variety.
Robyn is honored to be making her JRT debut! She was last seen as Mayella in To Kill A Mockingbird at the Kavinoky Theatre. Other recent credits include 1984 (Kavinoky) and Macbeth (Shakespeare in Delaware Park). Robyn is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BFA in Acting. Much love to her family and partner for their continued support!
Zachary Bellus is delighted to be back at JRT for another show. His first show with JRT was Looking Through Glass in the spring of 2019 and is grateful to add Modern Orthodox to his collection of stories. Zachary has worked all around Buffalo after making his professional debut in 2017. His notable credits include: Johnny Cade in The Outsiders, Jesse Tuck in Tuck Everlasting, Nick in New Kid, and Zach in Brain Freeze at TOY; Esteban in Steve and various roles in Significant Other at BUA; Flue in Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits at SPD; Spinx in Mercury Fur at Subversive; and taking a locally written and produced play Forget Me Not to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019 where it received a four-star review. Zachary is currently a writer and actor for a company called Dialogues on Diversity out of Boston which is focused on using theater as a vehicle to discuss social injustices across a variety of demographics and parts of society. He is the newest member of their flagship two-man show, Black Jew Dialogues, that has been performed over 400 times over the last 15 years. Zachary would like to thank the amazingly talented cast and crew of Modern Orthodox for making this an awesome experience. Hope you enjoyed it. Cheers.
Genevieve is honored to be making her JRT debut in Modern Orthodox! New to Buffalo, Genevieve is an actress, vocal instructor and graduate of SUNY Fredonia’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Interested in the mechanics behind vocal production and voice science, Genevieve also studied Advanced Vocal Pedagogy through Sonaura Voice Center, where she learned how to better assist her students through research based theories in voice development, acoustics, anatomy and physiology. Favorite credits include: Cinderella (Into the Woods), Brooke Ashton (Noises Off), Portia (Something Rotten), Helena (Midsummer Night’s Dream), Sister Mary Robert (Sister Act), and Ilse (Spring Awakening). She is excited to continue engaging in the Buffalo theatre scene as Rosalind in As You Like It with Shakespeare in Delaware Park this coming summer! Many thanks to the whole cast and crew, and much love to Daniel, Bentley and her family! | www.genevieve-ellis.com