The New Jewish Theatre is pleased to announce its 2022 season will open January 19, 2022. The upcoming season celebrates great Jewish themes, issues, writers, and composers.
“I am thrilled to continue the tradition of excellent theatre at the J,” said Edward Coffield, Artistic Director. “I believe this season will engage and excite the community.”
The highly acclaimed company returns to production after an unprecedented 20-month hiatus caused by the pandemic. The 24th season of NJT opens with the funny and delightful Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor. In March, Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan and Jonny Donahoe takes the stage. In June, NJT will present Ken Ludwig’s love letter to his grandparents, Dear Jack, Dear Louise. In September, NJT will produce the world premiere of The Bee Play by Elizabeth Savage. The season concludes with the charming and musical celebration of one of our great Jewish composers, Jerry’s Girls the music of Jerry Herman featuring some of the best music written by the Broadway legend.
Season subscriptions are $225.00 - $245.00. Subscription packages are available as a classic five-show package or the popular Flex Pass, which allocates six passes to be used in any combination at the patron’s discretion. Subscriptions go on sale September 27. Single tickets will be available in early December. Tickets may be purchased at the New Jewish Theatre Box Office, by phone at 314.442.3283 or online at newjewishtheatre.org
The New Jewish Theatre is committed to the safety of our Audience and Artists. We have been certified with the Missouri ArtSafe program and follow guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control, Missouri Governor Michael L. Parsons as well as Missouri Public Health officials and St. Louis County guidelines. To protect our community and ensure that we can continue to gather safely entry to a NJT production requires: Proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test with matching ID. All Patrons must wear masks inside the building. Masks must cover the nose and chin. The J has invested in addressing airflow in our building. We have increased our exhaust airflow to be scheduled 24/7 and increased the amount of outside air coming into the building. In addition, we have increased our MERV filter rating to purse more airborne particles.
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2020-21 New Jewish Theatre Season Information
Neil Simon’s Laughter on the 23rd Floor
January 19 – February 6
Directed by Eddie Coffield
A warm, funny romp of nostalgia and laughs about one brief shining moment when funny people got to be funny creating funny television. If Simon's play is about anything, it's about how anxiety fuels comedy: anxiety about McCarthy, blacklisting, Stalin, the atomic bomb, and about the NBC executives who cut the show's length, the show's budget and finally the show itself. Inspired by the playwright’s youthful experience as a staff writer on Sid Caesar’s “Your Show of Shows,” this Neil Simon favorite depicts the harried writing staff as they frantically scramble to top each other’s gags while competing for the attention of star madman Max Prince. Filled with classic Catskill’s humor and colorful characters, Laughter on the 23rd Floor is bound to have you – well, laughing.
Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan MacMillian with Jonny Donahoe
March 24 -April 10
Directed by Ellie Schwetye
We have all been in a difficult place. We all long for happiness. This play compels us to fight our challenging time with the practice of gratitude. Make a list of all that is brilliant. All of it. This play celebrates the challenging times and the power we must have to survive them. A life-affirming play.
Dear Jack, Dear Louise by Ken Ludwig
June 9 – June 26
Directed by Eddie Coffield
When two strangers meet by letter during World War II, a love story begins. U.S. Army Captain Jack Ludwig, a military doctor stationed in Oregon, begins writing to Louise Rabiner, an aspiring actress and dancer in New York City, hoping to meet her someday if the war will allow. But as the war continues, it threatens to end their relationship before it even starts. Tony Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig (Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, Lend Me a Tenor) tells the joyous, heartwarming story of his parents’ courtship during World War II and the results are anything but expected.
The Bee Play by Elizabeth Savage
A World Premier
Directed by Sarah Whitney
September 8 – 25, 2021
18-year-old Carver Washington, a brilliant beekeeper finds respite from caring for his sister and grandmother by escaping to his rooftop beehives. The urban Garden of Eden he has created is his only solace from the chaotic world. After a chance meeting, he strikes up a friendship with Devora, a kindred spirit who has set up an urban Kibbutz. Their conversations lead them to share their dreams, fears and hopes during a time of colony collapse; both for bees and humans. This fascinating new play asks what forgiveness might look like in the 21st century.
Jerry’s Girls a Musical celebration by Jerry Herman
December 1 – December 18
Directed and Choreographed by Ellen Isom
Jerry’s Girls is an all-female revue built around the songs of Jerry Herman – the creator of Hello, Dolly! Mame and La Cage aux Folles among many others. What terrific fun it is. A performance of many of Jerry’s Herman’s greatest songs, a true celebration of Broadway.