Jewish Family Theatre
Cultural Arts Director:
Erin Mahone • 545-8644
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.
Meet the Director: Meet the Artistic Director Here
Artistic director: Debra Clinton
$10M/$15NM/$8 seniors, students and groups of 10 or more
Weinstein JCC Cultural Arts Announces NEW youth drama program – JFT Jr. will debut programs for kids preschool and up beginning this fall! Classes include Disney Tales, Beginning Acting and Second Stage. Click here for more information and registration. Contact Erin Mahone with questions at 545-8608.
POA 2014-15 Season:
The Melody Lingers On: The Songs of Irving Berlin
Dialogue taken from the book by Mary Elin Barrett
The Melody Lingers On tells the story of Irving Berlin, a Russian immigrant—son of a cantor—who began as a singing waiter on the Bowery in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, married a Catholic girl; and from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from Hollywood to tours of duty through Europe and the Pacific lived the story of 20th Century America. This is the only musical devoted to Berlin that has been approved by his estate, an understandable decision because the show is an unabashed love letter. A hybrid, sliding somewhere between book and revue, it has singing and dancing highlights that do justice to 44 immortal tunes.
In a life that spanned more than 100 years, and with a creative output of over 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin was aptly described in Jerome Kern’s famous adage, “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.”
Chanukah Dinner and Show
Opening Night – Thursday, December 11 at 7:30PM
December 13,18, 20, and 21 at 7:30PM
December 14 and 21 at 2PM
Chanukah Dinner and Show: Wednesday, December 17 at 6PM (dinner), 7:30PM (show), $20M/$25NM/$15 seniors & students
The Whipping Man
By Matthew Lopez, Directed by Debra Clinton, Artistic Director of Jewish Family Theatre
SPECIAL PARTNERSHIP WITH VIRGINIA REPERTORY THEATRE
for the Acts of Faith Theatre Festival
Exclusive Patrons Performance Preview Night:
Thursday, February 12 at 8PM
Performed at The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center
114 W. Broad Street
Recommended for ages 14 and older
It is Passover, 1865 in the ruins of a once grand home in Richmond, Virginia. The Civil War has just ended, and a Confederate officer comes home to find his family missing and only two former slaves remaining. Waiting for the family’s return, the three men find themselves digging up family secrets and discovering that war and slavery can damage even the best of men. Powerful, bold and compelling, this play will take you on a fascinating journey through history.
Book by Alfred Uhry Music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Recommended for adult audiences
The tragic, true story of the trial and lynching of a man wrongly accused of murder is brought to emotional and theatrical life by
acclaimed playwright Alfred Uhry (Driving Miss Daisy) and Jason Robert Brown, one of Broadway’s most promising young composers (Songs for a New World). In 1913, Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia, is put on trial for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan, a factory worker under his employ. Already guilty in the eyes of everyone around him, a sensationalist publisher and a janitor’s false testimony seal Leo’s fate. His only defenders are a governor with a conscience, and, eventually, his assimilated Southern wife who finds the strength and love to become his greatest champion.
Daring, innovative and bold, Parade won well-earned Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Score in 2000.
Opening Night Dinner and Show :
Thursday, March 5 at 6PM (dinner), 7:30PM (show)
$20M/$25NM/$15 seniors & students
March 7, 11, and 12 at 7:30PM
March 8 and 15 at 2PM
Acts of Faith Talkback after March 12 show
“Carries you through the gamut of emotion while you’re in the theatre, and it stays with you long after you’ve left.” —Washington Square News
Visiting Mr. Green
Written by Jeff Barron
Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into New York traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a corporate executive. The younger man is given a community service of helping the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together, becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, come to care about each other, and open old wounds they’ve been hiding and nursing for years. Translated into 22 languages, with over 200 productions in large and small venues, Visiting Mr. Green has won numerous best play and best actor awards throughout the world.
Opening Night: Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30PM
April 30 at 7:30PM
May 3 at 2PM
“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