Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Saturday, October 21, 2017 | 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 22, 2017 | 3:00 PM
Written by Neil Simon | A Staged Reading
Directed by Steve Garfinkel
Long before Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show, there was Your Show of Shows. From the gifted pen of America’s favorite playwright, Neil Simon, comes one of his funniest plays, a love letter to his early career as a writer for Sid Caesar’s Your Show of Shows.
Simon recounts his writing, fighting and wacky antics during days of live television when he cavorted with such comedy legends as Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
$10 Member | $15 Public
Jewish Plays Project
A 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.
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress
Saturday, November 4, 2017 | 5:00 PM
Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 10:00 AM
Based on The Israeli Classic Hanna’s Sabbath’s Dress by Itzhak Schweiger-Dmi’el
Adapted for the Stage by Ronit Muszkatblit and Yoav Gal
Directed by Ronit Muszkatblit
Recommended for ages 2-8
Young Hannah'le just wanted to help the coal miner carry his heavy sack of coal from the forest, but now--Oh No! Her new white Shabbat dress is stained with black spots! How can Hanna go to Shabbat dinner now? Won't Ima (Mama) be upset? Perhaps the moon will come to Hanna's rescue with its magical light.
Join Hanna and her friends, including Edna the cow, Zuzzi the dog, the Coalman and the Moon, in a fantastical, immersive musical theater experience. Children will help to create Hanna’s enchanted world by crafting set pieces with the actors prior to the performance.
Hanna and the Moonlit Dress has been incubated by The Theater at the 14th Street Y. Hanna and the Moonlit Dress received its World Premiere at the 14th Street Y in 2016.
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
Described 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
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.
For more information on the programs listed above, please contact Marilyn Hassid at email@example.com or 713.595.8162.