of Two Jews Walk Into A War… by Seth Rozin
(Madison, NJ) - Playwrights Theatre is pleased to present the East Coast Premiere of Two Jews Walk Into A War… by Seth Rozin. In a co-production with New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, NJ, Two Jews Walk Into A War… will preview on January 21 and run for three weeks through February 7, 2010 (Press Opening: Friday, January 22 at 8:00pm). The production will be directed by James Glossman and features Reathel Bean and John Pietrowski. Single tickets are on sale now for $15. A student (appropriate for ages 15 and up) and senior matinee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 27 and February 3 at 10:30am and Ladies Night at the Playwrights Theatre will be held on Thursday, January 28 beginning at 5pm with curtain at 6:30pm. For tickets, visit www.ptnj.org or call the box office at 973-514-1787 X10. Performances take place at Playwrights Theatre, 33 Green Village Road in Madison, NJ.
A surprising comedy based on actual events. After burying their mutual friend Yakob, Zeblyan and Ishaq are now the Last Two Jews in Kabul—and they don’t like each other very much. While they argue about prayer schedules and who is going to reside in their bombed-out temple, both agree they must regenerate the Jewish population in Afghanistan. They’re stuck. In order to do this, they need a rabbi, but in order to get a rabbi, they need a Torah, which the Taliban has stolen. Their bold and grand solution brings them closer to the essence of their faith and, quite possibly, each other.
“The comedy of the play rests on serious underpinnings. These two men, in their own way for their own reasons, want their culture and beliefs to survive,” said John Pietrowski, Artistic Director. “Though they are truly the last two Jews in Kabul, their long personal history and differing social status have created an unbridgeable rift between them. How they find a way to work with each other is both funny and moving.”
Drew Francis will design the set and Patricia Doherty is the Costume Designer. Lighting Design is by Jill Nagle and Sound Design by Jeff Knapp. Danielle Constance is the Production Stage Manager.
Book Clubs at Playwrights Theatre
Playwrights Theatre will continue its successful book club project. Instead of reading a book, book club members read the play (script provided by Playwrights Theatre). They then see the production and stay after the performance for a post-show discussion with the Artistic Director.
Ladies Night at Playwrights Theatre will be on Thursday, January 28. Beginning at 5:00pm in the lobby of Playwrights Theatre, ladies will be able to mingle among the tables of women owned/women run businesses for various products and services. Participating businesses can be found at www.ptnj.org/
About the Playwright:
Seth Rozin is the author of several plays, including Men of Stone (produced by Theater Catalyst in 2001, nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play, published by Playscripts, Inc.), Missing Link (produced by InterAct Theatre Company in 2002, nominated for a Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play), Reinventing Eden (showcased by the National New Play Network in 2005, produced by InterAct in 2006), The Space Between Us (readings at Abingdon Theatre in New York and InterAct), Black Gold (showcased by the National New Play Network in 2006, productions at InterAct, Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Prop Thtr in Chicago, Arts West in Seattle in 2008), and Two Jews Walked Into A War… (produced at Florida Stage in October 2009, New Jersey Repertory Theatre in December 2009 and Playwrights Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre in 2010).
Registrations are being accepted for the Creative Arts Academy spring classes for children, teens and adults and summer camp.
About Playwrights Theatre:
Playwrights Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, professional (Actors’ Equity) theatre. A community of professional playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators, Playwrights Theatre provides opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences. Our New Play Development Program is a multi-step process through which playwrights, theatre artists, and audiences collaborate to bring selected texts from rough draft to finished production. Our Education Programs introduce students of all ages and backgrounds to the possibilities inherent in thinking and communicating creatively. Playwrights Theatre's New Jersey Writers Project provides hands-on workshops led by professional writers-in-residence to students in schools and community centers throughout the state reaching over 15,000 students annually. We place an equal emphasis on New Play Development and Educational activities, and encourage our community and audiences to participate fully in both.
We are honored that for the years 2010-2012 the New Jersey State Council on the Arts (NJSCA) designated Playwrights Theatre as a Major Arts Institution. This means that the Council considers Playwrights Theatre to be “an anchor institution that contributes vitally to the quality of life in New Jersey” (along with Paper Mill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and the McCarter Theatre Center).
Playwrights Theatre’s New Jersey Young Playwrights Contest is funded in part by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, The Travelers Foundation, Bank of America, New Jersey Young Playwrights Festival and New Jersey Young Playwrights Program are registered to the Middlesex County Cultural and Heritage
Funding for Playwrights Theatre is made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, Inc., The Prudential Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, the New Jersey Cultural Trust, Bank of America, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, Investors Savings, Bay and Paul Foundation, E.J. Grassman Trust, The Hyde and Watson Foundation, The Karma Foundation, MCJ Foundation, The Turrell Fund, Provident Bank, Pearsall Family Foundation, Union Foundation, PSE&G, Travelers, and many other corporations, foundations and individual contributors. FORUM is supported by grants from The Shubert Foundation and The Dramatist Guild Fund.
Playwrights Theatre is a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, the National New Play Network, Theatre Communications Group and Madison Arts & Culture Alliance.
Title: Two Jews Walk Into A War… by Seth Rozin (East Coast Premiere)
Director: James Glossman
Cast: John Pietrowski*, Reathel Bean*
Dates: January 21 – February 7, 2010
Opening Night: Friday, January 22 at 8pm
Wednesday, January 27, February 3 at 10:30am (student and senior matinee)
Thursday, January 21 at 8pm; January 28 at 6:30pm (Ladies Night) and February 4 at 3:00pm and 8pm
Fridays at 8pm
Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
Ticket Prices: All shows/All Times: $15. MasterCard, Discover and Visa gladly accepted.
Advisory: Suitable for ages 15 and up
Theatre Location: 33 Green Village Road, Madison, NJ 07940.
Photos: Available by contacting Jennifer DeWitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 973-514-1787 X20.
Set Designer – Drew Francis+
Costume Designer – Patricia Doherty+
Lighting Designer – Jill Nagle
Sound Designer – Jeff Knapp
Production Stage Manager – Danielle Constance*
* denotes member of Actors' Equity Association
+ denotes member of United Scenic Artists Association
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Playwrights Theatre is a non-profit, professional theatre comprised of playwrights, theatre artists, and arts educators. We provide opportunities for writers to develop their works in a nurturing environment and connect with new audiences.