Theater J 19/20 Season: Welcome Home

Welcome home to a warm and glowing Theater J inside a beautifully restored and refreshed Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center.

Welcome home to a season of provocative, entertaining, smart, funny plays that explore the Jewish experience and the universal human condition with passion, humor, and delight. Welcome to a season filled with music and heart, a season that will lift you up and keep you soaring.

This season celebrates journeys of every kind, from the intoxicating new musical Love Sick, based on the Song of Songs, and its surprising journey of the heart, to Edward Albee’s late-career masterpiece Occupant, about Jewish sculptor Louise Nevelson, and its astonishing journey of art. Winter brings two new plays, Sheltered, a suspenseful tale of one couple’s 1939 journey to save lives by emerging writer Alix Sobler, and The Wanderers, Anna Ziegler’s lyrical new play which journeys back and forth between a Satmar Hasidic couple and a modern secular couple, providing a deeply sympathetic look at modern love. Next, we will go on a journey from Germany to Jerusalem to New York with Dr. Ruth Westheimer in Becoming Dr. Ruth as we revisit Naomi Jacobson’s Helen Hayes Award nominated performance as America’s favorite sex therapist. Our season closes with a journey into the mind of an obsessed man, the semi-fictional story of a forgotten writer’s battle over the ownership of The Diary of Anne Frank in Compulsion or the House Behind.

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Theater J’s 19/20 Season is made possible through the support of our Season Sponsors

Leading Producer
Arlene and Robert Kogod, The Robert and Arlene Kogod Family Foundation

Sponsoring Producer
Cathy S. Bernard
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Sari Hornstein
Nancy and Saul M. Pilchen
The Shubert Foundation
Susie and Michael Gelman, The Morningstar Foundation
Revada Foundation of the Logan Family
Share Fund

Supporting Producer
Bruce A. Cohen
Alfred Munzer and Joel Wind
Melanie and Larry Nussdorf
The Marinus and Minna B. Koster Foundation
Hank Schlosberg
Patti and Jerry Sowalsky
Amy Weinberg and Norbert Hornstein

This list is current as of December 24, 2019.

COMPULSION
OR
THE HOUSE BEHIND

By Rinne Groff
Directed by Johanna Gruenhut
June 5 — 28, 2020 

Who owns Anne Frank’s story?

Sid Silver is a man obsessed. When he learns about a young girl named Anne Frank and her diary, Silver makes it his mission to ensure her tale is heard. But is the manuscript a work of art? A cultural treasure? Or simply a valuable product? As he fights for the diary’s publication and the rights to adapt it into a play, Silver’s idealism turns to fanaticism, and his good intentions may prove to be his undoing. A fascinating, semi-fictional story about one forgotten writer’s battle for one extraordinary girl’s diary. Starring Paul Morella.

 “Absorbing… a fascinating, multilayered tale.“—The New York Times