August 31, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
September 5, 2016
6:00 am - 5:00 pm
September 7, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Readers Theatre

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

Cantorial, by Ira Levin

Saturday, November 12th and Sunday, November 13th: "Cantorial "by the author of Rosemary's Baby
A Yuppie couple hears eerie, hauntingly beautiful Hebrew  singing when they move into a new condominium. The building was formerly a synagogue and it has a ghost a cantor who has  been dead for years. Warren becomes obsessed by the singing, which he believes is a sign that he is Jewish maybe the woman he  thought was his mother wasn't and that he must restore the synagogue. Lesley, who is Jewish, finds this overwhelming and walks  out. When a change of heart brings her back she finds a beautiful synagogue.By Ira Levin, author of Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, No Time For Sergeants, Deathtrap, Veronica's Room, The Boys From Brazil, A Kiss Before Dying, among other famous films and plays.

Tickets: General admission $20, JCC members $15, students/seniors $10. JCC members, purchase tickets online in advance and your ticket is only $10. A link to purchase tickets online will be available on this website.

Auditions will be open to all interested. During the auditions a short reading will be given to each participant, audition monologues are welcomed. Auditions for Cantorial will be held on Tuesday, September 20th and Wednesday, September 21st, from 7:00pm-9:00pm.


  • Warren Ives – 29, high-paid worker at Shearson Lehman.   Not Jewish. Romantically involved with Lesley.
  • Lesley Rosen – 27, publicist for Harper and Row publishers. Jewish. Romantically involved with Warren.
  • Morris Lipkind – near 80, member of the former synagogue. Owns the grocery across the street. (Yiddish experience a plus, but not required.)
  • Philip Quinn – early 30s, professor at St. John's University. Researches psychic phenomena.
  • Donna Quinn – late 20s, pregnant with twins, married to Philip.
  • William Ives – early 60s, Warren's father. A lifelong local politician in Detroit. Estranged from his son.

For more information, contact Shir Gal Kochavi, Cultural Arts Director, at shir@apjcc.org or 408.357.7492.


Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm: "Fools" by Neil Simon
Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic. He's landed a terrific teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet. When he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back into their houses and people milking upside down to get more cream. The town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for 200 years and Leon's job is to break the curse. No one tells him that if he stays over 24 hours and fails to break the curse, he too becomes Stupid. But, he has fallen in love with a girl so Stupid that she has only recently learned how to sit down.

 Stay tuned for more information, or contact Shir Gal Kochavi, Cultural Arts Director, at shir@apjcc.org or 408.357.7492.


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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.


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All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick Davis, and Bill Lister.
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, and supported further by the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley and other generous supporters.








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