BAD JEWS

by Joshua Harmon

Directed by Amy Resnick

A seriously smart comedy about family, faith and legacy. 

A TAMPA BAY AREA PREMIERE

“The best comedy of the season” -NY Times

“Irresistibly hilarious and astonishingly heartfelt comic masterpiece.” -DC METRO THEATRE ARTS

WE THE PEOPLE…ARE TRYING TO KEEP THE FAITH

The night after their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a verbal (and sometimes physical) battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbaum, a “Real Jew” who is volatile, self-assured, and unbending. In the other corner is her equally stubborn cousin Liam, a secular and entitled young man, with his ‘shiksa’ girlfriend, Melody, in tow. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah, who tries to stay out of the fray. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith, and legacy ensues in this biting comedy.

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Contains strong language. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

NOW EXTENDED THROUGH AUGUST 12, 2018

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JACKSON GOLDBERG* (Liam)
Jackson is thrilled to make his American Stage debut! He was most recently seen as Brody in YOUTH at Playwright’s Loft NYC. Regional credits include: Inspector Patrick Moore in POST OFFICE (George St. Playhouse); Doug in GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES (4615 Theatre, D.C.); Biondello in TAMING OF THE SHREW (Indiana Festival Theatre). Indiana University Bloomington credits include: Hastings in RICHARD III, Rabbi Chemelvitz in ANGELS IN AMERICA, Herman in HELLO, HERMAN, Leo in VIBRATOR PLAY, Lord Crabtree in SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL. AEA National Tour credits include: 17 characters, ages 8-50, speaking in Arabic, Hebrew, and English in THERE IS A FIELD. Other NYC credits include: Theater for the New City, SAIPAF, Access Theater, Soho Playhouse. Jackson can currently be seen starring in “Act Natural,” a Vimeo series he co-wrote, produced, and scored. Jackson speaks Arabic and holds a B.A. from IUB. Jackson is from San Francisco, CA. “Thanks to my incredible and loving family!”
www.jacksonmgoldberg.com

JENNY LESTER* (Daphna)
Jenny is an LA born and raised actor, director, and writer, and spent the last year and a half serving as writer’s assistant to Steven Sater (Broadway’s SPRING AWAKENING). LA/NY credits include: readings of Sharyn Rothstein’s new HESTER STREET adaptation, and THE MAGIKER (opposite Bryan Cranston) as well as asm for PYGMALION (Bedlam). A proud BFA Musical Theatre graduate from Point Park University, favorite PPU credits include: The Widow Quinn in THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, Emma in ALL NEW PEOPLE, and creating the role of Emilia in the first English translation of the German play, HAPPY. Regional credits include: Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (Priscilla Beach Theater). Jenny currently runs Shallow Graves, a theatre and film production company she co-founded, and will be producing and starring in her first feature, What She Said in the fall. More at
www.jennyluisalester.com & www.shallow-graves.com. SAG-AFTRA/AEA.

MATT ACQUARD (Jonah)
Matt’s regional credits include: Bill/ Lucentio in KISS ME, KATE (Annapolis Shakespeare); and Claudio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, Sketch/Ensemble in HAIRSPRAY, Laurence/Agent Sharp in TARTUFFE, and Red in AMERICA: A MOSAIC (American Stage). Other credits include: Oberon in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (Finalist for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship- Region 2), Judge Turpin in SWEENEY TODD, and Sir Toby Belch in TWELFTH NIGHT. His training includes a BFA in Acting from Towson University and the American Stage Acting/Apprentice Program. Matt would like to thank Stephanie and all at American Stage for this opportunity, his Mom, Dad, D and B for their constant love and support, his girlfriend for constantly reminding him of the good and beauty there is in life, and his wonderful cast and crew for their talents and dedication to such a wonderful show.

KATE BERG (Melody)
Kate is returning to Florida after playing Tillie in ECHOES at Urbanite Theatre in Sarasota. Other regional credits include: Clarissa in Agatha Christie’s SPIDERS’ WEB (Theatre Barn). New York credits include: Ophelia/Osric in HAMLET, The Other Woman in DEAD MAN’S CELL PHONE (Red Monkey Theatre Group); Thea Elvstead in HEDDA GABLER at the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum, NYC’s oldest surviving farmhouse. She received her BFA from the University of Michigan (go blue!). All the love in the world to Mom for her love, support, and stylist skills. Kateberg.net

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association | #Member of the United Scenic Artists union

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Spotlight Series: PROLOGUE

30 minutes prior to every performance

Arrive early and enjoy our interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to BAD JEWS ticket holders

Spotlight Series: BEHIND-THE-SCENES*

*This event has been changed to PART 1 of our 2 part COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS | Sunday, July 1 at 1PM

If you love our Behind-The-Scenes events, please join us for an extra special Community Conversation on July 1st. This program includes a presentation about the play, and provides key insights before you come to see our production. See details below.

We will return to our regularly scheduled Behind-The-Scenes programming this September with the first production of our 2018-2019 Season.

Spotlight Series: COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

2-Part Series!
Part 1: Young & Jewish Now | Sunday, July 1 at 1PM
Part 2: American & Jewish, Today & Tomorrow | Sunday, July 29 at 4:30PM (following the 3pm performance)

Great theatre inspires contemplation and challenges our assumptions while inviting us to come together for conversation and a deeper connection. From social and political hot-button issues to ethical dilemmas, American Stage’s Community Conversations dig deeper into the intriguing and sometimes provocative topics explored by our mainstage productions. Join a panel of local experts as they guide us through a lively discussion, and answer questions about the relevancy of the subject matter explored in the play.

*Community Conversation Part 1: Young & Jewish Now

The perfect primer before the play opens! Peek behind the scenes, and begin to explore the important questions sparked by this controversial, family-focused story. The event will include a short presentation providing context and backstory on the play and playwright, an interview with the director, Amy Resnick, and a panel discussion about Jewish legacy in the hands of a younger generation.

Sunday, July 1 at 1PM-3PM
Pricing: Free
SPECIAL GUESTS: Amy Resnick (Director), Abby Sterensis, Trustee at Temple Beth-El; Dean Hershkowitz, Board of Trustees – President for Congregation B’nai Israel St Pete; and Hana Cowart, Director of Communications for Congregation B’nai Israel St Pete

Community Conversation Part 2: Jewish & American, Today & Tomorrow

After you have seen the production, join us for an inter-generational panel discussion about Jewish legacy and family life as millennials grow into adulthood. How do we balance tradition and progress? Can and how do Jewish Americans stay united? How do differing perspectives on culture and history impact family dynamics, as well as the fabric of community?

Sunday, July 29 at 4:30pm (following the 3pm performance)
Pricing: Free
Featuring a special panel moderated by Barbara Mazer Gross, Executive Director of Studio@620, plus congregant of Temple Beth-El, and member of musical groups The Jammin Jews and the Palm Trio.

Spotlight Series: CHATBACK

Thursdays & Sundays, After Select Performances
BAD JEWS Thursday, July 19, & Sunday, July 22 & 29*, 2018

Stick around immediately following select performances to talk with the cast and other audience members while the experience of the play is fresh! Ask questions about the play, the characters, and the process, plus respond to the story and ideas aroused by the production. Free for ticket holders to the performance.

*The Chatback on July 29 has been changed to Part 2 of our Community Conversations Series. See details above.