Monday, June 3, 2024 @ 7 pm

A collision between memory, family and technology.
A dystopic vision of the future, filled with Yiddish .
A radical, queer exploration of the shtetl. 

This fantastic 90-minute evening has it all, and YOU get to decide the winner.

DIRECTOR   Illana Stein

(New York, NY) is a NYC-based director. Directing credits: Julius Caesar Tour (HVSF), Complicity (New Ohio), A Lost Leonardo (Amphibian Stage), Handle with Care (Stage West), Hans & Sophie (Amphibian Stage; DFW Critics Outstanding Director & New Play) Educational directing: NYU Tisch, Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg. Associate/Asst. work: TFANA, Signature, Pearl, OSF, Yale Rep, A.R.T., Hangar, Cincy Playhouse, Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Drama League First Stage Residency, LCT Directors Lab 2012, AJT Theatremacher Program Director, JPP Artistic Producer, and League of Professional Theatre Women board. illanastein.com  (she/her)

CASTING DIRECTOR JUDY BOWMAN

Working in the industry since 1992, Judy loves to work on projects with original stories, and brings an emphasis on casting that reflects a specific place in the world, or a cast that’s inclusive.  Judy loves to work with many different actor communities.  Her past work includes casting audiobooks for Simon & Schuster, several animated series and original programming(PBS, SciFiChannel),  NY casting for Carsey-Werner, proud collaborations with INTAR and LAByrinth, and co-cast David Mamet’s “The Old Neighborhood” on Broadway.  She was the dedicated CD for American Repertory Theatre(2003-2008), and spent many years on and off, working with the Actors Theatre of Louisville.   ​​Former Adjunct Asst. Professor in the MFA Film School at Columbia University, and former faculty at Harlem School of the Arts.  She enjoys leading workshops at universities around the country

CAST BIOS

FEATURING THESE AMAZING ARTISTS

CAST BIOS

Rachel Botchan: Off-Broadway: King of the Jews at Here Arts; 40 productions with the Drama Desk and Obie Award winning Pearl Theatre Co. including A Taste of Honey, Uncle Vanya, And Away We Go by Terrence McNally (world premiere),Vieux Carré, Toys in the Attic, Twelfth Night and Richard III (Bayfield Award for Lady Anne); National Yiddish Theatre Folkbiene –The Sorceress; New Light Theatre Project: The Property; New Yiddish Rep – God of Vengeance, Di Froyen. Select Regional: Pendragon, San Francisco Playhouse, Two River, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Milwaukee Rep., Virginia Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. Rachel is an award-winning audio book narrator with over 100 titles for Recorded Books

Rachel Caplan: Rachel Caplan is a NY-based actor and writer. She’s delighted to return to the JPP. Previously, she participated in the 2022 presentation of Alice Eve Cohen’s Oklahoma Samovar, and the 2019 presentation of Ali Viterbi’s In Every Generation. Selected theatre credits include The Wolves (TheatreWorks Hartford), As You Like It (Hamlet Isn’t Dead), Hissifit (Knight & Brinegar), and Icons/Idols (New Ohio Ice Factory). TV/Film credits include FBI (CBS) and the 2024 Astoria Film Festival selection, Hot Idiot. Rachel is a graduate of the Conservatory at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. @caplancrunch

 

Ben Faigus: BEN FAIGUS he/him spent ten years in Los Angeles working in television and independent film before relocating to New York in 2018. Ben made his New York theatre debut in 2021 with the Eden Theater Company’s production of Complicity (World Premiere). Most recently Ben worked with Tony award-winning playwright, Itamar Moses, on his play The Whistleblower in Chicago. Television credits include Jane The Virgin, Workaholics, and Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. Training: American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC. Melissa, you are my best friend, partner in life, and my heart.

Naomi Jacobson: is an Affiliated Artist at Shakespeare Theatre Company and a Woolly Mammoth company member in DC. Credits include Kennedy Center (The Guardsman), Fords, Arena Stage, Studio Theatre, Guthrie Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House, Theatre J, Olney, Center Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company, Delaware Theatre Company, Indiana Rep, Village Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Wolf Trap Opera and Potomac Theatre Project off Bdway (Scenes From An Execution). Naomi has received 3 Helen Hayes Awards, numerous nominations, the Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship, the Anderson-Hopkins Award, and a DC Commission Individual Artist grant. She did a few indie films (Her Father’s Eyes – A&E), guest spots on Homicide, voice-over work for NPR, PBS, Discovery Channel, the Smithsonian. www.naomijacobson.com

Kate Levy:  B’way and Tours:  BERNHARDT/HAMLET, ON GOLDEN POND, THE GRADUATE. New York: Roundabout, MTC, Barrow St., The Mint, TACT, The New Group. Regional: A.R.T., St. Louis Rep, Hartford Theaterworks, Hartford Stage, Arena Stage, Cincinnati Playhouse, Yale Rep, Cleveland Playhouse, Denver Center, Pioneer, Portland Ctr. Stage, Alliance, O’Neill, Alley, Merrimack Rep, Northern Stage, Syracuse Stage, Indiana Rep. TV & Film: SUCCESSION, THE DEUCE, YOUNGER, THE SINNER, ELEMENTARY, BLUE BLOODS, THE GOOD WIFE, all three LAW AND ORDER’s, EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE. BA -Tufts, MFA – A.C.T.

Sophie Schulman is a (newly) Brooklyn based actor and singer. Recent credits include Mona Pirnot’s Private directed by Knud Adams and Olney Theatre Center’s Fiddler on the Roof. New play development is her favorite thing, and she has helped workshop plays at The Kennedy Center, Theater J’s Yiddish Theater Lab, and the Pittsburgh Public Theater, among others. She trains at the Karl Bury Studio. 

Dave Shalansky is a bi-coastal, classically trained, character actor who continues to work steadily in TV, Film, Commercials, Web-Series and Theatre. He received a BFA in Acting from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts. After graduation, Dave moved to New York City and became very successful in TV commercials and continued advancing his career by working steadily in the theatre. Shalansky then moved to Los Angeles where he gained momentum working regularly in TV.  Dave now continues to work on both coasts. His select theatre credits are: Off-Broadway: King of the Jews by Leslie Epstein (Outer Critics Circle Nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play, 2024), Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Stefano in The Tempest: both at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Balm In Gilead: Imua Theatre, Dirty Blonde: Florida Studio Theater, and Maggie’s Riff: The Vineyard Playhouse. Select TV credits: Recurring Guest Star on “Grey’s Anatomy”, Guest Stars on “Law and Order SVU”, “FBI: Most Wanted”, playing Henry Kissinger on “The Offer” for Paramount+, “How to Get Away With Murder”, “Elementary”, “Famous in Love”, “Divorce” (with Sarah Jessica Parker), HBO’s “Vinyl” (with Ray Romano), “The Mysteries of Laura” (with Debra Messing), and “Nurse Jackie” (with Edie Falco). Also Dave has had supporting roles in such indie films such as: ROSEMEAD with Lucy Liu, THE MISSING PIECE (written and directed by Michael Raymond-James), A KILLER ROMANCE, DIVORCE INVITATION (with Elliot Gould and Paul Sorvino) and ACCORDING TO GRETA (with Hillary Duff and Ellen Burstyn). Other select TV credits include: “Six Feet Under”, “Legends”, “Newsreaders”, “Mob City”, “Perception”, “Lie To Me”, “Ringer”, “Castle”, “Southland”, and “ER”.  Dave is probably best known for his recurring Guest starring role of Harry on the “Gilmore Girls”.  Dave is monumentally grateful to his wife and daughter for their endless love and support.

Max Wolkowitz: Off-Broadway: The Sabbath Girl: The Musical (Upcoming at 59E59). N.Y./Regional: Waiting for Godot (Barrington Stage, Berkie Award “Outstanding Featured Actor”); Cabaret (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); Indecent (Arena Stage); The Chosen (Long Wharf); Assisted Loving (Capital Rep); Doctors Jane and Alexander (UTC61); Love, Sex & Death in the Amazon (Collider Theater); My Name Is Asher Lev (Penguin Rep); Ivanov (Trinity Rep); Indian Summer (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Rep). TV: FBI (CBS). BA: Bennington. MFA: Brown/Trinity. Member of The Actors Center.