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Jewish Influences on the Broadway Musical with Debra Dickinson: How a Group of Immigrants and their Culture Helped Create an American Art Form!

Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Fiddler on the RoofJoin Rice University’s Debra Dickinson in a unique exploration of American Musical Theater, the contributions of Jewish writers, composers and lyricists, and how these immigrants and their progeny helped shape a quintessentially American art form.

Using spoken word, video clips and live performances by three multi-talented actors, this intriguing, uplifting evening reveals Jewish influence on an art form that has become a worldwide phenomenon–all through the lens of two giant landmarks in American Musical Theater–Fiddler on the Roof and Cabaret–both deeply rooted in the Jewish experience.

Patron Sponsors: Suzan & Jeremy Samuels

$15 Member | $20 Public

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Staged Reading: Belfast Kind

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 | 7:30 PM

Zippy is going to be a Bat Mitzvah, and everyone is excited! What could go wrong? Well, Zippy lives in Belfast, where Jewish girls her age are rare. And while her three friends totally accept her, the Catholic families resist their daughters even going to a dance with a Protestant girl, much less to a Bat Mitzvah!

Zippy doesn’t even know if she wants to become a Bat Mitzvah. And then there’s her parents. Will she go through with it? Will her friends remain close with each other? With Zippy? Oy vey!

$18 Member | $24 Public

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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.