Readers Theatre

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

Fools by Neil Simon

Leon Tolchinsky is ecstatic about his new teaching job in an idyllic Russian hamlet – until he finds the town is cursed with Chronic Stupidity and his job is to break the curse. He has 24 hours to break the curse or succumb to it himself. Renowned playwright Neil Simon's lovable fools follow in the fine tradition of Isaac Bashevis Singer's The Fools of Chelm.

Monday, February 6th OR Tuesday, February 7th, 7-9pm

Come to either night, not both. Appointments not necessary; auditions are walk-in.
Monologues welcome, but not required.
Cold readings from the script will be provided when you arrive. (You’ll have time to practice.)
Bring a resume and headshot, if available. If you don’t have one, it’s perfectly fine. Come anyway!
Callbacks, as needed, will be Wednesday, February 15th – by invitation, based on auditions.
Questions? Contact Shir Gal Kochavi, shir@apjcc.org

Auditions, rehearsals, and performances are at the JCC -- 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032.
There will be a total of ten rehearsals, scattered through February, March, and April, based on cast availability.

Several roles potentially have flexibility about their ages.
All characters, except Leon, are lifelong residents of Kulyenchikov, a village under a curse of stupidity cast by Count Yousekevitch’s ancestors.
  • Lenya Zubritsky – 40s, wife of the Doctor. Mother of Sophia.

  • Sophia Zubritsky – 19, daughter of Doctor and Lenya.

  • Yenchna – 66, a vendor.
  • Leon Tolchinsky – about 30. An idealistic new schoolteacher, beginning his career.

  • Dr. Zubritzky – 40s, a doctor. Husband of Lenya, father of Sophia.

  • Gregor Yousekevitch – 30s, a local count. A rejected suitor of Sophia.

  • Snetsky – 43, a shepherd.

  • Magistrate – 79, a magistrate.

  • Slovitch – 41, a butcher.

  • Mishkin – 51, a postman.

Performances: Saturday, April 22nd at 7:00pm and Sunday, April 23rd at 2:00pm

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


Check out cast lists, photos and information boards from past seasons here


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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.

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 several new works readings at City Lights Theatre Company in San Jose. He is Executive Director of Silicon Valley Shakespeare, a member of The Dramatists Guild, and a Vice President of the international Alliance for Jewish Theatre.


Watch a short video of comedy clips from our  past performances!


For more information about past performances click here  


All Cultural Arts programs at the APJCC are made possible, in part, by generous contributions from Sylvia & Leonard Metz, Doris & Rick z"l 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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