God Plans, and Woman Laughs

March 17-24, 2013

Strong Jewish women face life’s unexpected turns. What happens to a bunch of talented Jewish women who make solid plans for their future, but life has something else in store for them?

THE PROGRAM

Produced & Material Adapted by Ronda Spinak
Directed by Ellyn Gersh Lerner
Dramaturge Lisa Rosenbaum

Associate Producers: Abby Freeman & Susie Yuré

Welcome ~ Ronda Spinak, JWT Artistic Director
Janis Nelson, JWT Board Chair

Like Honey to the Ear
Written by Sarah Barash, Performed by Kate Zentall

A Jewish Pastry
Written by Anna Forward, Performed by Lisa Cirincione, Howard Krupnick & The Ensemble

Sarah and the Mariachi
Written by Suzanna Kaplan, Performed by Arva Rose & Howard Krupnick

Sacred Journey
Written by Julie Bram, Performed by Kate Zentall & The Ensemble

Holding it Close to the Mat
Written by Janice Kamenir-Reznik, Performed by Lisa Cirincione

Song of Hannah
Written and Performed by Sarah Hershberg

The Benefits of Health Care
Written by Kendra Jayne, Performed by Arva Rose

The Plan
Written by Susan Nanus, Performed by Kate Zentall, Annie Korzen & Howard Krupnick

Post Partum Blues – A Commission of Jewish Women’s Theatre
Written and performed by Annie Korzen

In Fine Print
Written by Bara Swain, Performed by Arva Rose & Kate Zentall

Beautiful
Music & Lyrics by Carole King, On Vocals Lisa Cirincione & The Ensemble

ARTIST BIOS

SARAH BARASH (Writer) is the poet-in-residence at Lev Eisha and also reads her work for Ahavat Torah. Her collection of “modern psalms” is titled Faithful Beyond Measure. She has just completed her first novel, Nothing To Be Ashamed Of, which is being edited. This is her third contribution to JWT.
JULIE BRAM (Writer) is a full time community volunteer and activist. She has a BA in Communication Studies (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and an MA in Education, both from UCLA. She is a founding partner of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund, is active at the American Jewish Committee and is an advisor to the founder of Israel Up Close, an organization dedicated to educating people around the world about modern day Israel. Julie currently serves on several advisory boards, including The American Friends of Hand in Hand, The Holy Land Democracy Project, Jewish World Watch, and Hebrew Union College School of Jewish Non-Profit Management, where she serves as chair of its Mentor Program. She is married to Steve Bram, who works unbelievably hard so she can play.
LISA CIRINCIONE (Actor/Vocalist) can most recently be seen as Laura Croft Tomb Raider in the trailer for the newly released video games as well as in the indie film Duet For One. Theatre Credits: Loyalties and Sweet Thursday at Pacific Resident Theatre, where she is a company member. Doublets and Hose (The Blank Theatre directed by April Webster), Lobby Hero and Great Falls (Pacific Stages) and the award winning Star Wars Trilogy in Thirty Minutes (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Lisa is also a singer and is currently moonlighting with a Jazz and Blues band. She holds a BFA in Acting from USC and is a founding member of The Florence International Theatre Company, Italy. Lisa is the founder of English Language Universal – an institute which teaches Accent Reduction and English to artists, actors and diplomats from around the globe.
ANNA FORWARD (Writer) a native Californian, is a kindergarten teacher by day, and an artist, writer, and story teller the rest of the time. Anna wrote and performed her own monologue in 2010 for the Monday Marsh series at the Marsh Theater in San Francisco. After seeing her mother, Kate Zentall, perform in a Jewish Women’s Theatre show in fall 2012, Anna was compelled to write her own story. She would like to thank her family for their incredible support, and especially her mama for being such an inspiration to her.
ABBY FREEMAN (Associate Producer) received her BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She was the captain of the hit off-Broadway show De La Guarda and has performed at NYC venues including BAM, The Daryl Roth, MOCA, NYSF, La Mama and Playwright’s Horizons. She was a co-founder of AiRealistic, an aerial theatre company, where she created original work for clients including The LA Philharmonic, Toyota, Johnson & Johnson and Red Bull. She performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 LA Philharmonic Gala, the opera Andre Chenier at the Bregenz Festival in Austria in 2011 and 2012., and for JWT at The Museum of Tolerance and The Fowler Museum at UCLA.
SARAH HERSHBERG (Singer/Songwriter) specializes in writing musical midrash — musical interpretations of the Bible. As a recording artist, among her albums are Women of the Bible, and with her late collaborator Sebastian Temple, Good Good, Genesis Too, and Moses in Story and Song, which was made into a TV program. She has appeared on radio and television numerous times. Hershberg was the first woman to write and perform a Friday Evening Sabbath Service. She is a graduate of UC Berkeley where she earned a BA in music.
KENDRA JAYE (Writer) is a writer, comedienne, attorney and social activist who ardently supports the Jewish Community.