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Modern Orthodox by Daniel Goldfarb

Running: May 5-29

Showtimes: Thursday 7:30pm

Saturday 3:30pm and 7:30pm

Sunday 2:00pm 

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 Baun

rachel 

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! 

R.J. Voltz

Ben

 

R.J. Voltz is a graduate from the University at Buffalo. He has previously worked for Irish Classical Theatre; Musicalfare Theatre; Buffalo United Artists; New Phoenix Theatre; Theatre of Youth; and Shakespeare in the Park. He would like to thank his family, friends, and especially Chrissy for all of their support.

Kayla Storto

Hannah

Buffalo theatre credits: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Irish Classical), The Odyssey (Art Park), It’s a Wonderful Life Radio Play (13 Players). Kayla holds a BFA in Theatre and BA in English from Niagara University. Educational theatre credits: She Loves Me (Amalia), Mother Hicks (Alma), 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona), The House of Bernarda Alba (Agnes), Taming of the Shrew (Bianca), and The Maids (Solange). She is the Drama Club Advisor for Williamsville North High School and directed their fall production of Almost Maine. She holds a certified Basic Actor-Combatant (Academy of Fight Directors Canada), and has choreographed combat for several productions including Almost Maine (Williamsville North High School), Beowolf (And The Bard) Rehearsal for Murder (Orchard Park High School). She has just finished her MS.Ed in Secondary Education with a concentration in English. “Many thanks to Jewish Repertory Theatre for this opportunity. Sending love to Mom, Dad, and Ryan.” – Kayla

Adam Yellen

Herschel

Adam is honored to be returning to the JRT stage this season. He is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz, with a BA in Theatre Arts. Adam returned to the area after college and this is his 11th season in Buffalo. Some notable theater credits include: MY NAME IS ASHER LEV (Jewish Repertory Theatre), TWELFTH NIGHT and KING LEAR (Shakespeare In Delaware Park), THE NIGHT ALIVE and FROST NIXON (Irish Classical Theatre), JOHN (Road Less Traveled Productions), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (MusicalFare), and ROBIN HOOD (Theatre Of Youth).  Adam is a three-time Artie Award nominee. By day Adam is The Director of Performing Arts for the JCC of Greater Buffalo. Much love to his mother Laura and wife Arin.