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Theater J Completes Casting for 2016-17 Season

Theater J, the nation's largest and most prominent Jewish theater, announces full casting for the 2016-2017 season, the first season chosen by new Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr.

This lineup of seven diverse plays features Tony Award-winning plays and playwrights, Washington area premieres, and a stellar lineup of directors and artists. The season's plays promise delight, joy, and a thoughtful examination and exploration of pressing ideas about morality, ethics, the role of faith in this country, and the changing face of Jewish identity.

Subscriptions are currently on sale starting at $90 and single tickets sales open on Wednesday, August 3, 2016.

"I'm thrilled to announce a terrific roster of some of DC's top directors, actors, and designers who will be working at Theater J," says Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr. "Our commitment to hiring local artists across our entire season has been rewarded by some of DC's finest, and whether they are returning alumni or new faces, I know that the Theater J audience will relish their work throughout this entire joyful, thought-provoking, moving season."

An absurd and thoughtful comedy about a dysfunctional Jewish family.
By Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
September 7 - October 2, 2016
PRESS NIGHT: September 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Starring Anne Bowles, Billy Finn, Emily Kester, Sasha Olinick, Barbara Pinolini, and Andrew Wassenich
Design Team includes James Fouchard (Scenic Design), Kelsey Hunt (Costume Design), and Nancy Schertler (Lighting Design).

A big play about faith in America and the power of religion to unite or divide.
By Lucas Hnath
Directed by Gregg Henry
November 16 - December 11, 2016
PRESS NIGHT: November 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Starring Caroline Clay, Annie Grier, Michael Russotto, Justin Weaks, and Michael Anthony Williams
Design Team includes Jonathan Dahm Robertson (Scenic and Projection Design), Danielle Preston (Costume Design), Patrick Calhoun (Sound Design), and Kyle Grant (Lighting Design).

An intellectual and deeply moving journey examining the creation of the atom bomb.
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge
January 5 - 29, 2017
PRESS NIGHT: January 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Starring Sherri Edelen, Tim Getman, and Michael Russotto
Design Team includes Luciana Stecconi (Scenic Design), Kelsey Hunt (Costume Design), Patrick Calhoun (Sound Design), and Andrew Cissna (Lighting Design).

A sharp and exhilarating play about biology and its impact on the personal lives of female scientists, family, and survival of the fittest.
By Sarah Treem
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
February 15 - March 12, 2017
PRESS NIGHT: February 20, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Starring Katie duBuys and Valerie Leonard
Design Team includes Paige Hathaway (Scenic Design), Kelsey Hunt (Costume Design), Justin Schmitz (Sound Design), and Martha Mountain (Lighting Design).

A witty and delightful coming-of-age classic transcending puberty, sexual fantasy, and the search for identity.
By Neil Simon
Directed by Matt Torney
April 5 - May 7, 2017
PRESS NIGHT: April 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Starring Lise Bruneau, Michael Glenn, and Susan Rome
Additional Casting to be Announced
Design Team includes Luciana Stecconi (Scenic Design), Ivania Stack (Costume Design), Jimmy Garver (Sound Design), and Colin K. Bills (Lighting Design).

A riveting psychological drama about being American, being married, and coming to terms with one's own identity.
By Arthur Miller
Directed by Aaron Posner
June 14 - July 9, 2017
PRESS NIGHT: June 19, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Starring Lise Bruneau, Kimberly Gilbert, Greg Linington, Paul Morella, and Michele Osherow
Additional Casting to be Announced
Design Team includes AnDrew Cohen (Scenic Design), Tyler Gunther (Costume Design), Justin Schmitz (Sound Design), and Harold Burgess (Lighting Design).

Additional Programming:
America's favorite dragapella beautyshop quartet returns to DC for a special holiday run.
By The Kinsey Sicks
December 20 - 28, 2016

The Edlavitch DCJCC is located at 1529 16th Street, NW in Washington, DC, 4 blocks east of Dupont Circle.

Subscriptions and single tickets now on sale. Please call the box office at 202-777-3210 or visit For discounts for groups of 10+ call (202) 777-3230 or email

Theater J is handicapped accessible and offers assisted listening devices for interested patrons.

Theater J, a program of the Edlavitch DCJCC, produces thought-provoking, publicly engaged, personal, passionate and entertaining plays and musicals that celebrate the distinctive urban voice and social vision that are part of the Jewish cultural legacy. Acclaimed as one of the nation's premiere playwrights theaters, Theater J presents cutting edge contemporary work alongside spirited revivals and is a nurturing home for the development and production of new work by major writers and emerging artists exploring many of the pressing moral and political issues of our time. Dedicated first to a pursuit of artistic excellence, Theater J takes its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. We frequently partner with those of other faiths and communities, stressing the importance of interchange among a great variety of people wishing to take part in frank, humane conversations about conflict and culture.

The Edlavitch DCJCC embraces inclusion in all its programs and activities. We welcome and encourage the participation of all people, regardless of their background, sexual orientation, abilities, or religion, including interfaith couples and families.

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