For Goodness’ Sake – Live on Zoom

July 19, 23, 25, 27 & August 5, 2020

A unique theatrical experience exploring hilarious and heartfelt stories of the places where our moral compass leads us – good and bad.

PRESS

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THE PROGRAM

Produced by Andrew Fromer
Material Adapted & Curated by Daphna Shull, Leenie Baker & Izzy Salant
Directed by David Chiu & Sophie Greenbaum
Literary Consultant Ora Yashar – Digital Producer Charles “Chaz” Volk
Stage Manager Amanda Horowitz
JWT Artistic Director Ronda Spinak – JWT Producing Director Susan Morgenstern
Associate Producers Rose Ziff, Susie Yuré & Rachel Minkoff – JWT Managing Director Sharon Landau
This show is generously supported by Gail Solo.

WELCOME

THE PROGRAM

    The 3 Part Journey of Eve Eating the Apple: Part 1 – “Desire“
   Music & Lyrics by Sophie Greenbaum.  Performed by Rosie Moss.

   Truants |
   Written by Shirl Kelemer.  Performed by AJ Meijer.

   A Girl’s Guide to Surviving Your Father’s Wedding
   Written by Lena Rudnik.  Performed by Rosie Moss and AJ Meijer.

  Hebrew School and Hookups
   Written by Aysha Wax.  Performed by Lauren Aboulafia and Jasmine Curry.

   Big Jugs
   Written by Pattie Baker.  Performed by Jasmine Curry.

   The Soup Aisle
   Written by Farah R. Rashdan.  Performed by Rosie Moss.

   Holy Ground
   Written by David Chiu.  Performed by AJ Meijer.

   Everything I Need to Know About Being Jewish I Learned From The Nanny *
   Written by Allison Fradkin.  Performed by Lauren Aboulafia.

   The 3 Part Journey of Eve Eating the Apple: Part 2 – “I Ate the Apple” /“I’m Gettin’ Good
at Being Bad” 

   I Ate the Apple
   Music & Lyrics by Sophie Greenbaum.

   I’m Gettin’ Good at Being Bad
   Music by Marco Marinangeli, Lyrics by Mike Himelstein
© Walt Disney Music ASCAP – used by permission of the songwriters.
Performed by AJ Meijer and Rosie Moss.

  Too Much
  Written by Romy Roshan.  Performed by Jasmine Curry and AJ Meijer.

  Saving
  Written by Ruth Yasharpour.  Performed by Rosie Moss.

  Super Scar
  Written and performed by Lauren Aboulafia.

  The 3 Part Journey of Eve Eating the Apple: Part 3- “Grow”
  Music & Lyrics by Sophie Greenbaum.  Performed by Rosie Moss.

ARTIST BIOS

LIZ ALTMAN (Writer) 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; 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.

PONTEA BANAYAN (Songwriter) was born and raised in LA and writes songs of empowerment, self-love, and relatable experiences of the human condition, showcasing her pop-driven songwriting and vocal abilities. She has performed coast to coast with her multi-form shows featuring sponta- neous beat boxing, piano, and a steel pan drum, all testament to her eclectic flair. Find more informa- tion and links to her music at iampontea.com.

SUSAN BASKIN (Dramaturg) wrote the Academy Award winning Film, Violet, and has written extensively for television and film. Her essays have been published in The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Los Angeles Magazine. Susan has written a number of pieces for JWT including “I, Citizen,” which was commissioned by Jewish Women’s Theatre. She is currently at work on a novel.

JACK BRADLEY (Songwriter) is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer originally from New Orleans. He was raised in Los Angeles, where he currently resides. A mostly self-taught musician, he has composed original music for film, and writes/performs his own original songs. He enjoys the “Three B’s”: breakfast food, banjos, and good books. More of his work can be heard at www.jackbradleymusic.com.

JASMINE CURRY (Actor) trained at New York University, Experimental Theatre Wing, and was a resident actor at Hedgerow Theatre in Rose Valley, PA. She studied improv and sketch writing with The Groundlings Theatre and iO West. Jasmine has worked in educational theatre with Writers Room Productions, California Weekly Explorer, and The Imagination Machine. Most recently she portrayed the Stage Manager in Our Town at Pierce College and will be appearing in Noises Off this May.

SIONNE ELISE (Actor/Songwriter) graduated magna cum laude from UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film, and Television. Apart from today’s show, you’ll see her appear in two upcoming feature films, Killer Cheerleader on the LifeTime Network and Sign Man, hitting the festival circuit in January 2021. Sionne is more than excited to reprise her performance with Jewish Women’s Theatre, telling incredible stories with incredible performers. Thank you and enjoy! IG: @sionneelise

ANDREW FROMER (Assistant Artistic Director) a Los Angeles native, grew up as an active member in the Jewish community through Stephen Wise Temple. He attended Windward School in Mar Vista, where his career as an actor began in the school plays and musicals. After completing his BFA in theater at
UC Santa Barbara and an exciting year of living in Israel, Andrew returned to LA for acting and producing. His TV credits include Never Have I Ever (Netflix) and Anger Management (FX); feature film credits include Highway to Havasu (Billy/Producer) and The Sweet Life (Mike/Assistant to Production). Andrew also edits and directs and is excited to be coordinating this year’s iteration of NEXT @ The Braid, JWT’s Emerging Artists Fellowship. Find out more info at www.jewishwomenstheatre.org/next. Andrew also serves as Teen Engagement Coordinator and Communications Manager for congregation Or Ami in Calabasas.

MICHAEL GABIANO (Actor) NYC Theatre: World premieres of Awaken the Wolves (Spotlight On/ New Village Productions), Steven McElroy, director; The Amaziiing Colossal Thing (Vital Theatre Co.), David Hilder, director. LA Theatre: The Man Who Came to Dinner (Group Rep), Bruce Kimmel, director; Hillary and Monica (Argus Productions), Joel Zwick, director; Reunion (Blackhart Productions), Kay Cole, director; Saturday Night at Grossinger’s (TheatreWest), Susan Morgenstern, director; Naked Christmas (P6/Celebration Theatre), Jonathan Levit, director. Regional: Raft of the Medusa (NJ Repertory Co.), ART, The SantaLand Diaries (Tri-State Actors Theatre), Amadeus (D’ART/ Wilton Playshop), Twelfth Night (Performance Studio). Film: Sam Hu’s Last Day, A 2nd Opinion, Never Say Macbeth. Television: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, General Hospital, Days of our Lives, Sean Saves the World, The Horrible, Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins. Michael holds a BA in theatre from Western Connecticut State University and is represented by MINC Talent.

SUZANNA KAPLAN (Literary Manager) was born in Mexico City and grew up speaking English at home and Spanish everywhere else. Following economic uncertainty, she moved to the US where she partnered with her best friend in a translation service and language school. They did well and, being young, sold it as soon as they could and used the money to travel, eventually winding up in Israel. That trip stretched out to six years, a husband and a baby. Back in the US, Suzanna worked in Hispanic advertising and wrote for Spanish-language TV. Her greatest pleasure these days is writing, producing, and working with the wonderful women of JWT when not caring for the two most marvelous creatures known as grandchildren.