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Jewish Family Theatre

Cultural Arts Director:

Erin Mahone • 545-8644

Artistic Director:

Debra Clinton • 545-8232

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.

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Artistic director: Debra Clinton
$10M/$15NM/$8 seniors, students and groups of 10 or more

Lebensraum logoLebensraum
By Israel Horovitz
Special Guest Director: Carol Piersol


Using a cast of three to play 40 sharply drawn characters, this bold work of penetrating
intelligence is based on the fanciful, explosive idea that a German Chancellor might, as an act of redemption, invite six million Jews to Germany and promise them citizenship and jobs. A resulting scenario unfolds that explores the effects of the policy on Jews and Gentiles with widely varying outlooks: an out-of-work Jewish dock worker from Massachusetts who brings his Irish wife and his son to Bremerhaven to start a new life, a survivor of Auschwitz who returns to find the woman who betrayed his family to the Nazis, a young German smitten by a Jewish-American teenage girl, an unemployed German laborer and scores of others. The actors make quicksilver changes from one character to the next, occasionally using masks or character cut-outs to enhance the transformations. The logical progression of this artfully drawn script raises the terrifying possibility that history may repeat.

Opening Night: Wednesday, April 30
May 1, 7, and 8 at 7:30PM
May 4 and 11 at 2PM
Special Performance: Saturday, May 3 at 9PM