We’ve missed you so much.
All of us at Theater J—the staff, the actors, the directors, the designers, the technicians, the ushers—have missed the jubilant cacophony of our full lobby, the entrancing hush that somehow fills our theater as the lights dim, and the indescribable satisfaction of knowing that the stories on our stage have delighted, enthralled, and moved you.
Our world has changed since we turned off the lights in the Goldman theater in March of 2020. As months rolled by, we mourned the passing of friends and loved ones, we watched our country go through a powerful racial reckoning, and we learned more about ourselves and each other. But one thing hasn’t changed: the capacity of theater to bring us all together. Theater has an unequalled ability to forge empathy and understanding, to inspire introspection and contemplation, and to create joyful connections as we gather together in communal experience.
This coming season at Theater J promises to be a life-affirming, unforgettable season of art that reminds you who you are. This will be a season of bravura acting, from the return of the triumphant Becoming Dr. Ruth, starring Naomi Jacobson in the role that brought her a Helen Hayes nomination, to the stunningly nuanced performance of January LaVoy making her Theater J debut in Anna Deavere Smith’s Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities. It will be a season of heart-warming plays like the beloved Tuesdays with Morrie and thought-provoking new works like Rinne B. Groff’s Compulsion or the House Behind. And we can’t wait to bring you one of the great classics of Jewish theater: a new adaptation of the rarely performed Nathan the Wise, written in 18th century Germany and set in 12th century Jerusalem.
We’ve missed you. We can’t wait to welcome you back.
I’ll see you in the lobby.
For our most up-to-date safety plans and information, visit theaterj.org/safetyguidelines