A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE by Jon Marans
Saturday Oct. 21, 8PM , Sunday Oct. 22, 7PM
Saturday Oct. 28, 8PM, Sunday Oct.29, 7PM
A young Manhattan couple finds their world shaken when a gay doctor's passion for his new religious beliefs challenges theirs and questions the meaning of love. From the playwright of OLD WICKED SONGS (Pulizer Prize Finalist for Drama) comes this emotionally rich, contemporary story of betrayal and new beginnings. "A brilliant and insightful play about the intersection of God's law and man's love. A STRANGE AND SEPARATE PEOPLE is rich in drama and Jewish tradition." —Forward.
Jewish Playwrights Contest- World & Regional Premières!
Saturday, February 3, 8 PM & Sunday, February 4, 7 PM on the Main Line
Limited Seating!-Thursday, February 8, 7:30 PM at The Powel House, 244 South 3rd Street, between Willings Alley and Spruce Street.
Saturday, February 10, 8 PM & Sunday, February 11, 2 PM matinee on the Main Line
In partnership with New York City’s Jewish Plays Project and PhilaLandmarks, Theatre Ariel is participating in a National Jewish Playwriting contest. From fourteen competing plays, a group of Philadelphia readers chose their three “Best Plays”: Belfast Kind, Estelle Singerman and How To Conquered America: A Mostly True History of Yogurt. Salon Ariel audiences will see twenty-minute excerpts performed from each of these plays and via text messaging vote for the play that mostly compellingly embodies the Jewish voice, picking a Philadelphia winner. Seven other cities across the US are engaged in this process. From these eight cities, a winner will be chosen as Best Jewish Play of 2018 and will be produced in New York City as part of the 7th Annual Jewish Playwriting Contest June 2018.
Estelle Singerman by David Rush
Estelle is an elderly, feisty, Jewish woman on a mission: to find someone to say "kaddish" for her when she passes. When she meets Warren, an elderly widower who has lost his faith, she takes him on a magical realistic quest through a bizarre, fantastical, Chagall-like landscape in the hopes he finds his faith and answers her call. This touching surreal play with unicorns and a Buddist giraffe will warm your heart.
Belfast Kind by Margot Connolly
Being thirteen is tough. Being thirteen in Belfast during the Troubles is tougher. Being thirteen in Belfast during the Troubles and preparing for your bat mitzvah? Practically impossible! Struggling with her friends, parents, and Hebrew, Zippy tries to find her place to belong as the Troubles loom ever larger in the background. Can she find a way to fit in with her friends without denying her family and her heritage?
How to Conquer America: A Mostly True History of Yogurt by David Meyers
In 1975, unproven research assistant Arlene Hoffman created the Ad campaign that transformed a queer fermented-milk product into the nine billion-dollar a year phenomena it is today. Now, with the ghost of her dead immigrant father, Arlene tells us how she did it. A story of culture, appropriation, family and the American Dream.
Salon #2: MEN OVERBOARD by Rich Orloff
Hot off the Press!
Saturday Dec. 2, 8PM & Sunday Dec. 3, 7PM
Saturday Dec. 9, 8PM & Sunday Dec. 10 2PM (matinee)
When you're fighting for a child's soul, what rules apply? A New York Bar Mitzvah brings together three Jewish brothers (a politician, a therapist, and a Buddhist monk), their fading but forceful father, the politician’s 13-year-old son (who doubts he’s ready to become a man), and the boy’s Bar Mitzvah tutor (a woman who loves the boy and possibly one of his uncles). MEN OVERBOARD is Rich Orloff’s boldest mix of comedy and drama as it asks, “What makes a man?”
Israel Story - Regional Première!
Saturday April 21, 8:30PM & Sunday April 22, 7PM
Sunday April 28, 8:30PM & Sunday April 29, 7PM
Celebrate the State of Israel’s 70th anniversary when selections from "Israel Story" the award-winning Israeli as Israel’s "This American Life,” "Israel Story" tells land- everyday stories, by and about, real Israelis, the share with a friend over a plate of hummus. Listen to the us, discover the relationships that change us, and similar journeys as we navigate our history and heritage together.
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