Uncle Philip's Coat Comes to Houston
One-man play performed by author Matty Selman in limited run at Evelyn Rubenstein JCC
Thursday, September 29, 2016
by M Groogan

Uncle Philip’s Coat Comes to Houston

 Photo of play Uncle Philip's CoatHouston, TX – Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

These inspiring lines engraved inside the base of the Statue of Liberty have welcomed millions of immigrants to the United States.  Today, as immigration issues are still intensely debated in our nation, it is easy to be lured into focusing on generalities. Now a poignant new play, Uncle Philip’s Coat, puts a human face on those generalities. A very limited run of two performances comes to the stage of the Kaplan Theatre at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC (the J) on October 22 and 23, 2016.

Filled with sometimes affectionate, sometimes rollicking humor, this one man play performed by its author Matty Selman, deftly mixes wistful experiences with heartbreaking frustrations as it explores the immigrant experience from the deeply personal perspectives of a family whose forebears landed at Ellis Island near the turn of the 20th Century.

“Houston audiences will have the rare opportunity to see this timeless, highly theatrical performance. The images are riveting…, “ said Steve Garfinkel, coordinator for the J’s Theatre Program.

These qualities, among many others, earned Uncle Philip’s Coat the award of Best Production at the 2015 United Solo theatre Festival, NYC, where it was selected for this distinction from over 150 entries from 6 countries. 

“This is the story of the dreamers, the luftmenschen who somehow survive the rigors of this life as they stand with their feet in the sewers and their head in the clouds,” said Matty Selman, author and performer of the play.  “It is a story of human contact, misunderstandings, a lifetime of resentment and the joy of discovery, of letting go.”

There will be one evening and one matinee performance onstage in the J’s Kaplan Theatre at 5601 S. Braeswood, beginning with an 8:00 p.m. show on Saturday, October  22, 2016, and followed by the matinee performance at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. For tickets and information visit or call 713-551-7255. Visit for more information about our programs and services. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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