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The Actual Dance

The Actual DanceSaturday, Oct 13, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Sunday, Oct 14, 2018 | 3:00 PM
Written and Performed by Samuel A. Simon
Presented in partnership with Congregation Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood and Houston Chapter of Hadassah

The Actual Dance is a moving, insightful one-act play performed by its author, Sam Simon, as he tells the story of his wife’s successful battle with breast cancer from a unique point of view – that of a husband and caretaker supporting his spouse and ultimate cancer survivor through her difficult journey.

Houstonian Susan Kalmans and Sam Simon were married in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in 1966. In Simon’s performance of “the dance,” he is accompanied by two live on-stage musicians, Marc Garvin (guitar) and Sonya Matoussova (cello). Talkback with Susan & Sam Simon follows each show.

Meet the cast reception follows the Saturday night performance.

Not included in Patron of the Arts offering.

$25 Per Person

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Jewish Plays Project

Nov 2018
Be a “fly on the wall” at this discussion of the top 10 selections from this year’s Jewish Playwriting Contest, sponsored by the Jewish Plays Project (JPP). Featuring JPP artistic director David Winitsky, The J’s Theatre Committee members and leading Houston theatre professionals, the conversation provides a rare opportunity to learn more about Jewish theatre in America.

God of Vengeance

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Staged Reading with Live Music by Lisa Gutkin
Written by Sholem Asch

God of Vengeance

Staged reading of Isaac Goldberg’s 1918 English translation of Sholem Asch’s controversial Yiddish play, God of Vengeance, whose initial 1923 Broadway run was closed due to charges of obscenity, and whose story inspired the Tony Award winning play, Indecent, by Paula Vogel. Lisa Gutkin, the Grammy winning composer of the Klezmatics and of the music of Indecent (whose story tracks the history of God of Vengeance) will perform her compositions and arrangements along with local musicians, Donald Jacobs and Velizar Shumanov, including additional new scoring composed especially for this event.

Moonlight and Magnolias

Gone with the Wind

Feb 14, 16, 17 & 21, 23, 24, 2019
Written by Ron Hutchinson

It’s 1939 and hilarity abounds. From the memoirs of legendary screenwriter Ben Hecht comes this true story, now adapted for the stage. Movie mogul David Selznick has stopped  production on Gone with the Wind. The screenplay is a disaster! Locked in his office with Hecht—one of the best script doctors in the biz—and director Victor Fleming, yanked from the set of The Wizard of Oz, the three have just five days to re-write the flop into one of the great films of all time – all while eating only bananas and peanuts!


Youth Theatre Programs

Featuring talented young performers from our community. 

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For more information on the programs listed above, please contact Amy Rahmani at or 713.595.8197.

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