New-Play Reading Festival

Robert Dorfman, Festival Director

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Festival Director

Robert Dorfman

Three new plays, hand-picked and not yet seen by the public, will be presented in onstage readings. This format will allow audiences to experience cutting-edge work and our theater to broaden the landscape of Jewish theater.

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Robert Dorfman

All three plays will be filmed onstage readings and shown as pay-per-view online. 

The ticket price for all three shows is $30.  Individual tickets are $12.

Call the Box Office at

651-647-4315 for more information.

INDIVIDUAL PRODUCERS

Sonny and Amy Miller

Rhoda and Don Mains

The Book of Vashti

by Barbara Field

The queen has refused the king! A young upstart arrives in the palace to take her place. Barbara Field’s The Book of Vashti re-tells the Old Testament’s Book of Esther through the lens of the banished Queen. The legendary playwright turns the popular biblical story on its head in this dazzling and hysterical new play.

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Barbara Field

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Director Jeremy B. Cohen

Cast

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Becca Hart 
(Vashti)   

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Nathan Keepers
(Hege)

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Michelle de Joya
(Esther)

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Peter Christian Hansen
(Mordecai)

Book of Hours

by Jessica Fechtor

In best-selling author Jessica Fechtor’s new play Book of Hours, two very different couples reveal themselves to one another in this multi-layered meditation on loss, grief, love and living. Taking place in a mountain cabin retreat, this warm devotional pays homage to the resilience of the human spirit.

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Jessica Fechtor

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Director Lily Tung Crystal

Cast
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Darrick Moseley
(Gabe)
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Adelin Phelps
(Elise)
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Lia Rivamonte
(Lois)
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Meri Golden
(Francine)

Groupthink

by Mathew Goldstein

Young and idealistic, Kevin works for Top-Down Strategies, a PR firm he hopes will launch his career. When the company takes on the world's most controversial clients, Kevin is faced with the dilemma of "doing the right thing." Groupthink, Mathew Goldstein’s provocative, fast-paced satire on business, politics and the state of being human, is funny, biting and asks all the “right” questions.

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Mathew Goldstein

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Director Robert Dorfman

Cast

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Damian Leverett
(Kevin)

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Pedro Juan Fonseca
(David)

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China Brickey
(Rebecca)

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Peter Christian Hansen
(Mark)

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Joanna Harmon 
(Elaine/Santiago)

DOORWAYS PROGRAMS
Join us for these entertaining and educational programs in conjunction with the New-Play Reading Festival. Reservations are required. Call 651-647-4315.

Meet the Playwrights – "Writing Relevant Plays," Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. CT - Zoom Program Hear from Jessica Fechtor and Mathew Goldstein, and learn about the process they use for writing their plays.

Meet the Directors
– "How Their Styles Differ," Monday, March 21 at 7 p.m. CT - Zoom Program Join us for an enlightening discussion with Jeremy B. Cohen, Lily Tung Crystal, and Robert Dorfman.

DATES, TIMES & PRICES

The Book of Vashti

Wednesday, March 2
7:30 pm
$12
Thursday, March 3
7:30 pm
$12
Friday, March 4
1:00 pm
$12
Saturday, March 5
8:00 pm
$12
Sunday, March 6
1:00 pm
$12

Book of Hours

Wednesday, March 9
7:30 pm
$12
Thursday, March 10
7:30 pm
$12
Friday March 11
1:00 pm
$12
Saturday, March 12
8:00 pm
$12
Sunday, March 13
1:00pm
$12

Groupthink

Wednesday, March 16
7:30 pm
$12
Thursday, March 17
7:30 pm
$12
Friday, March 18
1:00 pm
$12
Saturday, March 19
8:00 pm
$12
Sunday, March 20
1:00 pm
$12