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Jewish Plays Project

October–December 2017

Jewish Plays ProjectA revolution is underway in Jewish culture. In music, in books, in film, artists are creating amazing new pathways to Jewish identity. Based in New York City, the Jewish Plays Project (JPP) believes that it is time for theater to join the movement by putting bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. Simply put, the JPP wants to bring great plays to life.

Founder David Winitsky is the director of the JPP and a collaborator with StorahTelling and a PresenTense New York City Fellow. The J will join eight other national community panel readers who will engage in the reading and vetting of 10 plays. The Houston Team of readers will host public conversations about these plays. The national winner receives a workshop and performance in New York City.

Lucky Penny

Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Written and performed by David Deblinger
Directed by Ben Snyder | Music and vocals by Fred Johnson

Lucky PennyDescribed as an actor we don’t know but need to know, David Deblinger brings his poignant and hilarious Off Broadway performance to the Kaplan Theatre Stage, offering life lessons when he both lost his father and became one for the first time.

Onstage, he becomes a full cast of characters in this one-hour show. He makes you laugh and makes you cry. Jazz musician Fred Johnson performs live on stage, offering interludes that give the audience time to absorb what they’ve just experienced before moving to the next round.

Stages Repertory Theatre in partnership with the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston Present
The Revisionist

April 10-22, 2018
By Jesse Eisenberg

David arrives in Poland with a crippling case of writer's block and a desire to be left alone. His 75-year-old second cousin Maria welcomes him with a fervent need to connect with her distant American family.

As their tenuous relationship develops, she reveals details about her complicated post-war past that tests their ideas of what it means to be a family.

Jewish Community Center Stage Performing Arts School (JCCS)

Featuring talented young performers grades 3-6 from our community. 

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For more information on the programs listed above, please contact Marilyn Hassid at or 713.595.8162. 

Interested in volunteering? Please contact Jasmine Ross at or 713.551.7215.