Theater J's 2021/22 Season

Over the past year, we have all learned new ways to connect with what matters most to us. Theater J’s programs—classes, play readings, and more—went virtual, allowing us to continue fostering community with people near and far through theater. Now, we are eagerly anticipating and planning for a safe return to live, in-person programming in October 2021, entering our fourth decade of creating moving, funny, smart, provocative productions for the people who matter most to us: you.

While a lot has changed since last March, what will not change is our commitment to the health, safety, and comfort of our audience, staff, and artists. All activity at Theater J will be in accordance with regulations from the DC government and CDC. The Edlavitch DCJCC’s gym and preschool have been safely operating since Summer 2020, giving us ample opportunity to refine our health and safety measures. The Goldman Theater boasts a state-of-the-art HVAC system, including a dedicated outdoor air system that brings 100% fresh air into our auditorium.

We will launch our five-play season with a remount of Becoming Dr. Ruth by Mark St. Germain, starring Naomi Jacobson. This life-affirming story of a woman who kept her irrepressible joy through numerous life upheavals returns for a heart-warming evening of theater. Our season will close with the production currently scheduled for June 2021, Fires in the Mirror, conceived, written, and originally performed by Anna Deavere Smith and starring January LaVoy. The groundbreaking documentary play promises a tour-deforce solo performance and a timely examination of the intersections of race, color, and beliefs in the US.

We can’t wait to share the remainder of our season this summer, three plays we know you’re going to love, never-before-produced at Theater J.

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For our most up-to-date safety plans and information, visit theaterj.org/safetyguidelines

Adam Immerwahr Jojo Ruf
Adam Immerwahr
Artistic Director
Jojo Ruf
Managing Director

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Becoming Dr. Ruth

Written by Mark St. Germain
Directed by Holly Twyford
Starring Naomi Jacobson
September 30–October 24, 2021

FINDING JOY AND MEANING AFTER HARDSHIPS

Don’t miss the return of this triumphant and life-affirming story of a woman who found her own unique place in the world. Before she became America’s favorite sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer had to flee Germany in the Kindertransport, become a sniper in Jerusalem, and survive as a single mother in America. Naomi Jacobson, who earned a Helen Hayes Award nomination for the role in 2018, returns to Theater J for an unforgettable, heart-warming evening of theater.

“Jacobson’s got the Westheimer verve” hailed The Washington Post

Show #2

November 10 to December 5, 2021

We will announce this show–a never-produced at Theater J work we’re excited to share with you–in Summer 2021.

Show #3

January 26 to February 20, 2022

We will announce this show–a never-produced at Theater J work we’re excited to share with you–in Summer 2021.

Show #4

March 16 to April 10, 2022

We will announce this show–a never-produced at Theater J work we’re excited to share with you–in Summer 2021.

Fires in the Mirror

Conceived, Written, and Originally Performed by Anna Deavere Smith
Co-Directed by Adam Immerwahr and January LaVoy
June 9–July 3, 2022

THE GROUNDBREAKING DOCUMENTARY PLAY

August 1991: simmering tensions in the racially polarized neighborhood of Crown Heights erupt into riots after a Black child was killed by a car in the Chabad-Lubavitcher Rebbe’s motorcade and a white Jewish scholar was slain in retaliation. Anna Deavere Smith’s groundbreaking documentary play uses verbatim testimony from individuals throughout the diverse community, creating a nuanced portrait of a shared but divided geography. This theatrical event – performed over 30 years after these life-changing riots – promises a tour-de-force solo performance and a story which touches upon every American regardless of race, color, or beliefs.

“The most compelling and sophisticated view of racial and class conflict that one could hope to encounter.”—New York Times