We are halfway through the 2015-2016 season and it has been an incredible year so far with some exciting firsts for Theater J.
At the recent Helen Hayes nominations, Theater J received five nominations, including four for QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD.
• The James MacArthur Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play — HAYES Production, Michael Willis, SONS OF THE PROPHET
• Outstanding Lead Actress in a Play — HAYES Production, Dawn Ursula, QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD
• Outstanding Director of a Play — HAYES Production, Eleanor Holdridge, QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD
• The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding Original New Play or Musical, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD
• Outstanding Play — HAYES Production, QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD
Theater J has never before received nominations for lead actress, director, playwright and the overall play all for one production and we could not be more thrilled!
QUEENS GIRL IN THE WORLD also garnered Theater J’s first ever review in The New York Times, which was glowing, calling the play a “sweet spirited solo show…portray[ed] with star quality brilliance.” The play was commissioned and developed through our unique Locally Grown Festival, which focuses on providing support to local playwrights to foster new work.
Our new Artistic Director, Adam Immerwahr, started in December. He is hard at work programming our next season, which will be announced on April 3rd at the Theater J benefit – so mark your calendars!
Our next production, an adaptation of famed Israeli author David Grossman’s FALLING OUT OF TIME, is going to be an incredible and unique theatrical experience. After losing his son in the Israel-Lebanon conflict, Grossman was moved to write this stunning masterpiece about loss, solace, and hope. To more deeply engage our audiences with the work, we have planned two important events:
• On March 20, A Conversation with David Grossman, Azar Nafisi (author of READING LOLITA IN TEHRAN) and Leon Wieseltier about “The Freedom of the Writer and the Cruelties of History”
• On March 17, Pre- and post-show conversations with The Parent’s Circle, an organization that unites bereaved Israeli and Palestinian parents in promoting reconciliation.
We are proud to continue to bring Israeli art to DC audiences and to use it as a springboard for these important and inspiring conversations.
Hope to see you at the theater soon!