10th Anniversary Celebration

November 12, 2017

Arise My Friend My Beautiful One and Go Forth

Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky
Associate Producers Susie Yuré, Rose Ziff & Daphna Shull

Musical Summons – Allie Feder and Cindy Paley

Introduction of Show – Ronda Spinak, JWT Artistic Director & Co-Founder

Noah’s Wife – From Season 3
Written by Eve Brandstein. Performed by Lisa Robins.

My Story of David – From Season 7
Written by Ellen Ancui. Performed by Kate Zentall, Monica Piper, Robert Trebor, and Abbe Meryl Feder.

Cooking Lessons (originally published in The Jewish Journal) – From Season 5 Written by Gina Nahai. Performed by Sohaila Zivari and Abbe Meryl Feder.

True Little Poem – From Season 7
Written by Alison Luterman. Performed by Shelly Goldstein.

Refused No More – From Season 8
Written by Rabbi Leonid Feldman. Performed by Sean Topps.

Jew by Choice – From Season 6
Written by Jill Soloway. Performed by Lauren Aboulafia.

The Value of One – From Season 8
Written by Sonia Nazario. Performed by A.J. Meijer.

Baggage – From Season 2
Written and performed by Monica Piper.

The New Colossus – From Season 4
Written by Emma Lazarus. Performed by the Ensemble and Lisa Grant, Vicki Juditz, Arva Rose, and Cliff Weissman.

Reflections – Lynne and Phil Himelstein.

Closing and Raffle Giveaway – Gail Israel and Elisa Wayne.

Closing Song – T’filat Haderech (Traveler’s Prayer)
Music and Lyrics by Debbie Friedman. Performed by Allie Feder, Cindy Paley, Jesse Macht, Andrew Fromer, and the Ensemble.


LAUREN ABOULAFIA (Actor) is thrilled to be a part of Jewish Women’s Theatre, as her two loves are theatre and Jews. She studied drama at the University of Washington and the British American Drama Academy. She has performed onstage at Interlochen, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Jewish Women’s Theatre, the Groundlings and UCB. Some of her TV roles include ABC’s Mistresses and Mixology, Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, and NBC’s Superstore.
Film roles include the lead in the highly acclaimed indie comedy $50K and A Call Girl: A Love Story. She wrote and performed as a solo show, Moving On Up, and hosts the political comedy/travel series TRUMPigration, about where to move now that Donald Trump is our national nightmare. She recently created a Web series called Feel Goods, a comedy about the different things that make people feel good.

ELLEN ANCUI (Writer), just completed a feature film script for Independent Media and recently wrote and performed her
piece, I Hope You Have a Daughter Just Like You! for the Listen to Your Mother Festival. A native New Yorker, she landed in Los Angeles 20 years ago to write for the TV sitcom Mal- colm & Eddie. Ellen received several TV writ- ing awards and placed second at the Austin Film Festival (twice!) Ellen’s one-woman shows were presented at the Public The- ater, the Edinburgh Theater Festival, HBO Workspace, and numerous venues in NY and LA. She is the recipient of the Joyce-Mertz Gilmore Foundation Award as well as grants from the Massachusetts State Council of the Arts and the Princeton Arts Council. Her en- semble play, Glory Pie, had a sold-out run in LA at the Coronet Theater and her magazine articles have appeared in print and online in Maxim, American Theater, xoJane, and many others.

EVE BRANDSTEIN (Writer) has been a major studio executive, a producer, a director, writer/creator, and casting director. After writing and directing plays in New York she came out to Los Angeles to direct two of her scripts for AFI’s Directing Women’s Work- shop. She went on to work with Norman Lear on and off for the next 3 decades as a producer, director, writer and casting director. Eve is the director of the recent long running hit shows – Not That Jewish with Monica Piper and Rain Pryor’s Fried Chicken & Latkes. She has directed over 75 theatrical productions on both coasts and Israel. Most recent shows – NY Off Broadway 2 year hit, Shut Up Sit Down & Eat, NY and LA premieres of Revisiting Wildfire, the NY premiere of Voices Of Swords. She has directed many JWT salon theater productions as well as contributed work as a writer and artist. In 2018, she will be directing a new play, Anne Frank’s Diary for Los Angeles Museum of Tolerance, which The Simon Wiesenthal Center hopes to premiere in Jerusalem for the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel.

ABBE MERYL FEDER (Actor) hails from the fabulous city of New York. When not pursuing her craft, Abbe is the proud producer of NEXT @ The Braid, a new program of Jewish Women’s Theatre, which invites the next generation of artists to share their voice. She also shares her love of fashion as a personal stylist, and a stylist for Stella & Dot. She recently became a series regular on Experts (Tru-TV). Other credits: Sex Ed (film), Brahmin Bulls (film), The Internet Date (film), Pushing Daisies (tv), CSI:NY (tv). Twitter and Instagram: @iAMFeder.