Jewish Family Theatre
Cultural Arts Director:
Erin Mahone • 545-8644
The Weinstein JCC’s Jewish Family Theatre is the only Jewish Theatre in the Richmond area. It helps to meet the cultural needs of the growing Jewish community in Richmond and surrounding areas, by producing theatre with Jewish content. JFT is committed to presenting plays which challenge, enlighten and entertain…plays which otherwise might not be produced in this area…plays which connect Jews to their own cultural community, and build bridges to others.
The JFT gives a voice to the creativity brimming in our community and encourages people to explore the art in their own lives, as well as bring theatre to the community that is both affordable, and the highest quality.
As a true community theatre, the JFT operates withan all-volunteer base. Further, we are dedicated to offering a variety of opportunities for our community to learn, enjoy, and participate in all aspects of live theatre. We welcome friends of all ages and ethnicities, from beginners to experienced pros, and ask them to help us explore the magic of the stage.
POA 2015-16 Season:
Sponsored by Ann Weinberg and Jerry Director
Before there was Broadway, there was Vaudeville and Burlesque. All of the great producers and earliest creative forces in all three of these evolving forms of entertainment came from Jewish backgrounds and Yiddish entertainment traditions. Miller will review the development of what we now know as Broadway Musical Theatre and relate it to the story told in perhaps the greatest Broadway musical, Gypsy. At the heart of these evolving theatrical forms were great Jewish entertainers from Milton Berle to Minsky’s to Jules Styne, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Lawrence, the creators of Gypsy.
Bruce Miller is the Artistic Director of Virginia Repertory Theatre and the Founding Artistic Director of Theatre IV. His successful work as a producer and director has been seen locally and around the country at prominent theatres including the Kennedy Center and the Paper Mill Playhouse. His play “Buffalo Soldier” was selected by the Pentagon as a morale booster after 9/11, becoming the first professional play in history to be performed within the Pentagon’s walls.
Robyn O’Neill has been entertaining Richmond audiences since 1987, and since that time has appeared in over 60 productions! She has had the privilege of appearing as a soloist with the Richmond Symphony, and was the 2005 recipient of Richmond Magazine’s Theresa Pollak Award. When not on stage, Robyn can often be found photographing actors in the alley behind Virginia Rep!
Our 2015-16 Patrons of the Arts Brochure is now in and ready for viewing! Be sure to check it out to get the scoop on all of the other exciting Jewish Family Theatre shows happening this season!
“Very simply, a great, beautiful, essential moment of theatre. It grabs us at the beginning and doesn’t let us go until the end.” —France Soir