Family Secrets

Shhh.  It’s nobody’s business…stories of fauxpas, missteps and outrageous behavior!
January 19 – February 12, 2019



Material Adapted, Curated, and Produced by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Susan Morgenstern & Lisa Cirincione
South Bay Producer Liz Altman
Dramaturg Lisa Rosenbaum Literary Manager Suzanna Kaplan
Assistant Producer Barbara Koletsky Associate Producers Rose Ziff & Susie Yuré
Artistic Associate Daphna Shull Assistant Artistic Director Andrew Fromer

Welcome – JWT Artistic Director Ronda Spinak

My Secret Dysfunctional Family
Music and lyrics by Mike Himelstein. Performed by Ensemble.

Ham & Cheese Croissants and a Letter to God
Written by Alexander Nemser. Performed by Michael Naishtut and Debbie Kasper.

The First Time
Written by Farnaz Solomon. Performed by Niloo.

Zayde’s Legacy
Written by Maureen Rubin. Performed by Rosie Moss and Ensemble.

Sissy Boo
Written and performed by Debbie Kasper.

Double Admission – First appeared in The Jewish Journal
Written by Eli as told to Tabby Refael. Performed by Niloo.

What We Learned About Grandfather
Written by David Naude and Raoul Naude and adapted by Ronda Spinak.
Performed by Michael Naishtut.

Discovering My Dad
Written by Eve Lederman. Performed by Rosie Moss.

Written by Betty Goldstein. Performed by Niloo.

The Wicked Son
Written by Lisa Rosenbaum. Performed by Rosie Moss, Michael Naishtut and Niloo.

A Sister’s Secret
Written by Susan Morgenstern. Performed by Niloo and Ensemble.

The Magic of Authenticity
Written by Judy Carter. Performed by Debbie Kasper and Ensemble.


LIZ ALTMAN (South Bay Producer) wrote “Almost a Sacrifice,” previously performed at the JWT salon Unknown Stories of Biblical Proportions. Other credits include song lyrics for activities at the University of Michigan and the Dallas Bar Follies; and co-directing, co-writing, and performing in the annual SMU law school follies. JWT: Advisory board member and South Bay producer. Professional: vice president of a real estate company. Hobbies: tennis, art, and travel. Special love to her muse, Louis.

JUDY CARTER (Writer) At an early age, Judy discovered that the messes in her life made great comedy material, leading her to a career working as a headlining standup comic per