Readers Theatre

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About Theatre Chevruta

Theatre is an exploration of culture, entertainment, and ideas, shared by the audience and performers. Chevruta is an exploration of the Talmud, shared by two people. Theatre Chevruta, through its productions and supplemental offerings (post-show talkbacks, preview lectures and discussions, etc.), exists to let audience and performers explore important, entertaining, and often unfamiliar offerings of Jewish theatre--Yiddish theatre, Israeli theatre, new works, obscured classics, and more.

What is a staged reading? A staged reading is a fully cast, fully rehearsed presentation of a play with scripts in hand. Particularly popular in the development of new works and the revisiting of obscure works, the absence of lighting, sets, and costumes allows the focus to be on the actors and the words.


Theatre Chevruta: a Jewish Readers Theatre presents a season of remembrance.

This season we're honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of Arthur Miller and the 70th anniversary of the first article published about Anne Frank's diary.

Broken Glass
by Arthur Miller

Saturday, October 17th | 7:00pm
Sunday, October 18th | 2:00pm

Phillip and Sylvia Gellburg are a Jewish couple living in New York in the last days of November 1938. When Sylvia suddenly becomes partially paralyzed from the waist down after reading about the events of Kristallnacht in the newspaper, Phillip contacts Dr. Harry Hyman to come treat Sylvia. What follows is a fascinating look at American Jewish assimilation in the years before the Holocaust, framed by one couple’s troubled marriage.

$10 students and seniors, $15 presale, $20 at the door, JCC members FREE.

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October 17th
October 18th


Phillip Gellburg -- Matt Singer
Sylvia Gellburg -- Lea Schweitzer
Dr. Harry Hyman -- Karl Schweitzer
Margaret Hyman -- Arcadia Conrad
Harriet -- Valerie Singer
Stanton Case -- Steve Allhoff


The Diary of Anne Frank
by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Saturday, April 9th | 7:00pm
Sunday, April 10th | 2:00pm

In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" This is a new adaptation for a new generation.

$10 students and seniors, $15 presale, $20 at the door, JCC members FREE.

About the Director: Doug Brook has directed numerous award-winning productions locally, including several at South Bay Musical Theatre in Saratoga. He recently made an award-winning appearance as Tevye in WVLO's Fiddler on the Roof, and two of his plays have been produced off-off-Broadway in New York. He is a member of the TheatreWorks New Play Committee and has directed numerous new works readings at City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose. He is Executive Director of Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and a Vice President of the international Association for Jewish Theatre.


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Theatre Chevruta is made possible, in part, by generous gifts from Virginia & Randy Hess, and in loving memory of David & Lotty Hakim.
All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, and  Doris & Rick Davis.
The APJCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood, co-funded by the Koret Foundation and the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture.

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