Jonathan Safran Foer’s

Everything is Illuminated

Adapted by Simon Block
Directed by Aaron Posner
January 11-February 4, 2018

Based on the best-selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, this stunning and hilarious stage adaptation tells the story of a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — who sets out to find the woman who might or might not have saved his grandfather. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war, an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Jr. Jr., and a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan takes a quixotic journey into an unexpected past, where reality collides with fiction in a heart-stopping scene of extraordinary power. A highly anticipated East Coast premiere.


“Riveting…masterful…the journey and the payoff are huge.”–Broadway World

“A powerful production not to be missed…I absolutely loved it.”
 —DC Metro Theater Arts

Running time: 2 hrs 15 min, with intermission


Like the vivid and hilarious novel on which it is based, this production of Everything is Illuminated contains adult language and situations.

This production is supported in part by the Arthur Tracy “The Street Singer” Endowment Fund which honors the legacy of renowned singer and entertainer Arthur Tracy.

Director:  Aaron Posner
Scenic Designer:  Paige Hathaway
Costume Designer:  Kentra Rai
Lighting Designer:  Jesse Belsky
Sound Designer & Original Music:  Palmer Hefferan
Prop Master: Kevin Laughon
Casting Director:  Jenna Duncan
Dialect Coach: Nancy Crebs
Production Stage Manager:  Becky Reed
Assistant Stage Managers:  Jenny Rubin, Katie Moshier

Creative Conversation
Sunday, January 21 following the 2:00 PM show
Design Illuminated
Join us for a conversation with Set Designer, Paige Hathaway, and Costume Designer, Kendra Rai, who will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the role that design plays in translating the story of Everything Is Illuminated from the page to the stage.


Cast Talk-back
Thursday, January 25 following the 7:30 PM show


Sunday Symposium
Sunday, January 28 following the 2:00 PM show
The Art of Adaptation
What happens to a story when it is adapted from one medium to another? What does the process entail? What makes a good adaptation? Join us for a Q&A with Georgetown Professor of English, Dr. John Glavin, as he tackles these and other questions related to the art of adaptation.

John Glavin, Professor of English and Director of the Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Research (GOFAR), has been a member of the Georgetown faculty since 1967. A Victorianist and a playwright, he focuses on issues of adaptation, particularly of earlier work in the nineteenth century and of nineteenth-century texts to the contemporary stage and screen. He teaches courses in writing for the stage and screen. Within the GOFAR he directly oversees the Carroll Fellows Initiative, Georgetown’s flagship program for its most academically talented and ambitious undergraduates, and also serves as the University’s Fellowship Secretary. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Bryn Mawr College, his M.A. from Bryn Mawr, and B.A. from Georgetown University. Publications include: After Dickens: Reading, Adaptation and Performance (Cambridge, 1999), Dickens On Screen (Cambridge, 2003), and forthcoming from Palgrave “Dickens Adapted.” He is currently revising “Death at The Edges,” a book-length memoir of teaching Shakespeare’s Italian plays at Georgetown’s Villa LeBalze, and beginning work on “How To Go To College,” a guide for pursuing excellence in undergraduate education that derives from his work in the Carroll Fellows Forum.

Production Angels

Leading Angels

EJF Philanthropies
Diane and Arnold Polinger
Craig Pascal and Victor Shargai,
sponsoring director Aaron Posner

Sponsoring Angels

Michele and Allan Berman
Alfred Munzer and Joel Wind
sponsoring actor Billy Finn
Judy and Leo Zickler

Supporting Angels

Bonnie and Louis Cohen
Kenneth and Amy Eisen Krupsky




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