The Actual Dance Takes the Stage at the J
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

…A life-affirming ode to commitment and boundless love.” This inspiring description from Manhattan Digest perfectly captures the spirit of Sam Simon’s new, highly theatrical one-act play, The Actual Dance, which will arrive in Houston for an exclusive, two-performance run on the weekend of October 13 and 14, 2018.  Theatre at the J, the theatre program of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center (the J), is thrilled to offer The Actual Dance,  the first offering of its 2018-19 season, as a special event, presented in partnership with Congregation Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood and the Houston Chapter of Hadassah. The Saturday evening performance will begin at 8:00 PM on October  13, and the Sunday matinee performance will begin at 3:00 PM on October 14.  A Meet the Cast reception will be held following the Saturday evening show. 

Performed by its author Sam Simon, The Actual Dance tells the story of his wife’s victorious battle with breast cancer from a unique point of view – that of a husband and caretaker supporting his spouse through her journey. In his performance of “the dance,” Mr. Simon will be accompanied by two, live, on-stage local musicians – Marc Garvin on guitar, and Sonya Matoussova on cello. Both Saturday and Sunday performances will be followed by a question/answer talk-back session with Mr. Simon and his wife, Susan.

While The Actual Dance has been performed in numerous venues across the country, the special collaborative effort bringing the play to Houston audiences is especially meaningful for Mr. Simon, who was married to his wife, Susan Kalmans, in Congregation Beth Yeshurun’s J. B. Greenfield Chapel in 1966. 

According to Vicky Richker, Co-President of Congregation Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood, “The Sisterhood works with the synagogue, congregants, and other organizations to sponsor events that are timely, educational and entertaining. We are honored to partner with the J and the Houston Chapter of Hadassah to present The Actual Dance – such a moving story of love, perseverance, and survival.”  Ms. Richker and Barbara Koslov are co-presidents of Congregation Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood.

Debbie Angel, President of the Houston Chapter of Hadassah, concurs that this partnership is an especially rewarding endeavor for Hadassah, known for their research in breast cancer. Much of the underlying work to identify the genetic markers for breast cancer was done at Hadassah Hospital. Hadassah also works toward strong U.S./Israel relations while sponsoring and operating several social service programs, and scientific/medical research and treatment.

Tickets are $25 and are available at or by calling 713.729.3200.

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