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We are delighted to partner with our friends at The Osher Marin JCC to bring to you 

Broadway Backstage 
Theatre Recommendations 

Broadway Backstage 

Four Thursdays, Sept 3-24, 2020: 3:00 PM-4:30 PM (CDT)
Let our JCC colleague Program Director & Broadway/opera instructor James Sokol sneak you in the Stage Door to go “backstage” on Broadway! A different, special guest theater professional – who brings his/her unique expertise, experiences and insights to the discussion – will be featured at each of these exclusive, behind-the-scenes visitsLive Q&A and photos/video clips (when available) will enrich the experience.  

Your ticket purchase helps support not only this program, but also our special guests – theater professionals – who are mostly or completely out of work.   

Come learn, off-stage, what makes the magic happen on-stage! The Special Guests for September:  

Tim DolanTim Dolan – The Walking Broadway Encyclopedia (Sep 3) 
Let us whisk you away to tour Southern Times Square area with the incomparable and multi-talented Tim Dolan. When not performing, Dolan runs his small business offerings the district’s premiere tours. Explore some of the theaters from 41st to 44th Streets. Hear about the titans & legends associated with these theaters and much, much more!  Rarely-seen photos enrich the tour.  

Caitlin KinnunenCaitlin Kinnunen – The Tony Nominee! (Sep 10)   
After making her Broadway debut at age 16 in Spring Awakening, Caitlin Kinnunen went on to The Bridges of Madison County and, most recently, to the leading role in 2018’s The Prom, earning a Tony nomination for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.” Be enchanted by video clips of this delightful talent!  

Amy JustmanAmy Justman – The “Leading Lady of Crossover” (Sep 17)   
With a career spanning musical theater, classical music, jazz & beyond, Amy Justman has performed on Broadway in the revival of Sondheim’s CompanyIrving Berlin’s White ChristmasA Gentleman's Guide to Love & MurderIn Transit and, most recently, covering and performing for both Renée Fleming and Jessie Mueller in the revival of Carousel. Come meet and see video clips of this multi-faceted performer!

Max ClaytonMax Clayton – The Chorus-star (Sep 24)    
More than a “chorister,” Max Clayton has emerged as one of the premier, most in-demand chorus boys of Broadway – a “chorus-star!” After his Broadway debut in On the Town, Clayton went on to be in the ensembles (and, in some cases, the lead’s understudy) in the revivals of Gigi and Hello Dolly! and in Something Rotten!, Bandstand, Pretty Woman and, most recently, the hit Moulin Rouge! With performance video clip, enjoy this charming and talented young man! 

Tickets: $60/Series of 4-visits (single classes available for $20/visit).
For the series of 4-visits, click here. 

Program Partners: To bring you "backstage" for these very special meetings, the Osher Marin JCC (San Rafael, CA) is thrilled to partner with the Martin Pear JCC (Scottsdale, AZ), the Peninsula JCC (Foster City, CA), the Lawrence Family JCC (San Diego, CA), the Bender JCC of Greater Washington (DC), the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee (FL), the Tampa JCCs & Federation (FL), the Sandra & Leon Levine JCC (Charlotte, NC),and the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC of Houston (TX)!


OH MY GOD, by Anat Gov

Oh My GodOctober 13-25
Presented in collaboration with Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company, with the support of the Consulate General to Israel in Houston 

OH MY GOD is a dark comedy that explores what could happen if God walked into a therapist’s office. Ella, a psychotherapist with problems of her own, has a turbulent relationship with God. Imagine her skepticism, anger and fear when God chooses her, insisting she help him solve his problems in just one hour. 

Directed by Amelia Rico, and filmed by Ricornel Productions, OH MY GOD features Sammi Sicinski and Rhett Martinez, reprising their roles from the 2019 reading performance. 

Registration details to follow.  

outrageously provocative script that showcases the best of contemporary Israeli art.” - Art Fuse

“Regardless of belief, Oh My God is a fascinating discussion of faith in a secular society between a woman of science and the immortal symbol of Faith with a message that we all possess the ability to change and improve. Even God.- Broadway World 

FREE - Registration Required 


Theatre Recommendations

The Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Theatre Committee wants to see our community enjoy Jewish theatre from the comfort of your home.  The committee highly recommends a few shows being offered by The Jewish Repertory Theater (JRT).  JRT  is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo. Founded in 2002, the JRT is a professional theatre whose mission is to present high quality plays grounded in Jewish life, themes, and values.  Tickets for these shows can be purchased at

Bar Mitzvah Boy
by Mark Leiren Young
November 5-25
A non-observant Jewish grandfather/successful divorce attorney decides he needs to have a Bar Mitzvah ASAP and finds his faith during study with a Rabbi who seems to be losing hers.  A heartfelt comedy/drama that explores faith, religion and what It means to be part of a community. 

Exquisite Potential
by Stephen Kaplan
January 7-27, 2021
All parents think their children are brilliant, Alan Zuckerman just happens to think his 3-year old son, David is the Messiah.  Thirty years ago, Alan and his wife, Laura, visited their rabbi to verify David’s possible divine nature.  Thirty years later, everyone older and wiser, it appears that dad might have been onto something. 

Beau Jest
By James Sherman
March 11-31, 2021
What's a nice Jewish girl to do when her parents expect her to marry a nice Jewish doctor even though she’s already in love with another man? Hiring an actor to play her imaginary beau in front of the family seemed like a good idea until the charade is a little too successful and the “hired” boyfriend begins to capture her heart.

Theatre at the J is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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

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