Theater J is presenting six diverse plays that span cultures, generations and genres. With your flex pass you'll have six tickets to use -- see six different shows or bring five friends to one, your choice! Choose from dark comedy Sons of the Prophet, a Pulitzer Price finalist about a freak accident and unexpected death, holiday musical revue Stars of David: Story to Song, or heartfelt comedy The Sisters Rosensweig, about three completely different sisters reuniting. Or you can go with Falling Out of Time, a mysterious drama adapted from Israeli author David Grossman's novel, or The Body of an American, a drama based on a true story of a war reporter and playwright both haunted by their pasts, or see Another Way Home, a sardonic drama about family and marriage. Whichever shows you choose you'll be in for a transformative evening at Theater J in Washington D.C. Please see the description for more information.
NOVEMBER 18 ��� DECEMBER 20, 2015
SONS OF THE PROPHET
By Stephen Karam
Directed by Gregg Henry
After Joseph���s father dies in the wake of a freak accident involving a plastic deer decoy, he���s pretty sure lightning won���t strike twice. But it does, as Joseph���s health, sanity and family are called into question. Add in fending off his off-kilter boss, and Joseph���s to-do list is looking pretty long. But he���ll get to everything ��� just as soon as he can get someone from his insurance company on the phone. A 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist dark comedy that laughs in the face of human suffering.
���Explosively funny.��� ��� The New York Times
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: DECEMBER 22-27, 2015
STARS OF DAVID: STORY TO SONG
Based on the book by Abigail Pogrebin
Conceived by Aaron Harnick and Abigail Pogrebin
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
A funny and captivating musical revue celebrating the lives of your favorite Jewish public figures. This adaptation of Abigail Pogrebin���s best-selling book is a celebration of Jewish identity drawn from interviews with famous American Jews – from Gwyneth Paltrow to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and everyone in between, including Gloria Steinem, Joan Rivers, Aaron Sorkin, Leonard Nimoy, Fran Drescher and more.
With original music by an all-star lineup of composers and lyricists including Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line), Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home), Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater (Spring Awakening), and Tom Kitt (Next to Normal).
���Entertaining, witty and poignant.��� – The Miami Herald
JANUARY 13 ��� FEBRUARY 21, 2016
THE SISTERS ROSENSWEIG
By Wendy Wasserstein
Directed by Kasi Campbell
The Rosensweig sisters are different as can be ��� a no-nonsense international banker, a kvelling mother of four and a bohemian world-traveling journalist. When the three hilariously reunite at Sara���s London home for her 54th birthday celebration, a barrage of suitors and unexpected revelations make for one interesting weekend. A heartfelt comedy about women grappling with their life choices.
���A funny and deeply felt look at finding one’s identity.��� ��� The Boston Globe
MARCH 17 – APRIL 17, 2016
FALLING OUT OF TIME
Based on the novel by David Grossman
Translation by Jessica Cohen
Adapted and Directed by Derek Goldman
The Walking Man leaves on an expedition to find his lost son in that shadowy and mysterious place where the living and the dead may meet again. As he paces in ever-widening circles, townsfolk fall into step with him and share their grief over their own departed loved ones. A new adaptation of acclaimed Israeli author David Grossman���s novel about enduring loss. This incandescent fable of parental grief powerfully distills the experience of accepting death in a way that is moving, beautiful and timely in Israeli society, and across cultures.
���A richly emotional, mystical and philosophical tapestry��� [in the] tradition of art that pushes back against catastrophe.��� – The Jewish Daily Forward
APRIL 27 – MAY 29, 2016
THE BODY OF AN AMERICAN
By Dan O���Brien
Directed by Jos�� Carrasquillo
War reporter Paul Watson has been haunted since the day he snapped his Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu. Playwright Dan O���Brien has also felt haunted by his own past for years. The two form a friendship and begin a journey that spans from Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic. A breathtakingly provocative drama, based on a true story, about the resonance of history.
���A play that tightens its grip as it probes where war lives, and discovers we each carry it inside ourselves." – The Guardian
JUNE 23 – JULY 24, 2016
ANOTHER WAY HOME
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
It���s visiting day at Camp Kickapoo, and Joey Nadelman is nowhere to be found. As the search parties come up empty, Joey���s parents are left wondering ��� where he���s gone, why their marriage feels lacking, and what might have happened if they had taken a different path. An insightful, sardonic drama about the strangers we all live with ��� our family.
���Engagingly told, with flashes of poignant humor.��� ��� San Francisco Chronicle