A beloved musical about refugees, and a new one about current U.S. border policies, hit unexpectedly hard in a newly unsettled time.
Now directing the L.A. premiere of Steven Levenson’s Jewish American family drama ‘If I Forget,’ Alexander holds forth about identity, history, and what he learned from Jerome Robbins.
Using ‘Funny Girl’ and ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ as jumping-off points, 2 theatremakers tackle the often cross-cutting challenges of Jewish representation, and explore why casting alone can’t save problematic material.
An excerpt from a new book about the lessons learned from staging the work of 2 major English writers.
Not every Jewish role needs to be cast with Jewish actors, but for plays with antisemitic elements, strong Jewish representation is a must.
Sondheim’s work is elusive, ambivalent, internally conflicted, and deeply concerned with how stories are told. What could be more Jewish?
Formerly the Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, this Twin Cities mainstay is dedicated to new work rooted in Jewish culture.
How a plan to teach ‘Pipeline’ and ‘School Girls’ grew into a curriculum stressing both the plays’ universality and specificity on issues of race, colorism, and inequity.
How a cross-cultural collaboration took shape over video call, then in person, affirming universal truths about both human experience and theatre practice.
For a production last year in Calgary, a gender switch illuminated the Shakespeare play’s conflicts in fresh and troubling ways.